2022 Lexus ES facelift in Malaysia, priced from RM296k

Launched not too long ago is the 2022 Lexus ES facelift, which gets refreshed to take on the similarly updated G30 BMW 5 Series and W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. While the German duo are locally-assembled, the Lexus is fully imported from Japan.

Despite being a CBU, pricing for the premium Japanese executive sedan starts from RM295,663 for the Premium, RM329,910 for the Luxury, and RM345,134 for the range-topping F Sport. Two new colours – Sonic Iridium and Sonic Chrome – have been added to the palette this time, bringing the total offering to eight. The F Sport variant also comes with two exclusive interior, which are Heat Blue Contrast Layering and White Nova Glass Flake, as seen here.

The Lexus ES 250 is powered by a 2.5 litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine, making 204 hp at 6,600 rpm and 247 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The direct-injection A25A-FKS naturally aspirated unit is paired to a Direct Shift conventional eight-speed automatic transmission sending drive to the front wheels. Steering shift paddles are standard.

Also standard is the latest Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+), which includes a raft of advanced driving aids such as AEB, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, lane keeping assist, lane tracing assist, and a whole lot more.

Watch our walk-around video to see how the ES stacks up against the more mainstream German choices. If you’re keen, you can watch our reviews of the E-Class facelift and 5 Series LCI. You can also browse CarBase.my to see its equipment and specifications, or compare it against other vehicles.

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  • ah pong on Nov 25, 2021 at 8:21 am

    There you go, overpriced camry, thought there will be better option for the engine, turbocharged maybe?

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    • Bingo on Nov 25, 2021 at 9:57 am

      NA is used on purpose – turbo exerts high pressure on the engine, and operates the engine at a much higher temperature. Hence the wear and tear happens quickly after 3-4 years. THis is why BMW and Merc start to have problems after about 4 years. Problems does not mean break down only, it means lower fuel efficiency, less power, which may not be immediately noticeable. With NA, engine operates as new very easily, even 10-15 years later. The decision by Lexus to use NA is to ensure reliability.

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      • putarhalim on Nov 25, 2021 at 1:19 pm

        you do realise there are so many turbo lexus now like NX and RX

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      • Vedder on Nov 27, 2021 at 3:58 pm

        What a load of crap. Boomer spotted. Go buy a 486 PC. That’s all you need

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      • Yada yada on Nov 27, 2021 at 6:23 pm

        I started driving first BMW at 20 and Im in my 4th BMW at 30. I dont sell my BMWs. My first BMW the F10 528i turbo is still well run without problem now. Silent and smooth and power. My then camry 2014 already broke down a few times and so fed up I sold it. NA is really frustrating, very underpowered because of low torque and build up late at 4k rpm even for 2.4l or 2.5l. Especially when going to Genting highland. I love my bmw 2.0turbo 250 plus hp and 350-400nm torque. So I dint buy your idea that modern turbo engine die very fast or problematic we are not talking evo7 era here. Even after 10 years, morning start of my bmw dont jitter or rattle. Same muted experience. My then Camry, after 3 years, morning engine start is like tin kosong very fragile feeling. There is a reason no one buy Lexus around the world aside USA. When I m in US my rented car is IS350, very low priced and pulling power is below a base g20 330i there.

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    • Hahah on Nov 25, 2021 at 10:20 am

      Lol 204hp is enough the Mercedes e200 has only 194hp

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    • Afeeq on Nov 25, 2021 at 10:25 am

      Here in the US, Lexus is not all viewed as overpriced. I suggest you sit in one before talking. Nevertheless I think Malaysians are screwed over in engine choices, we get the 3.5 V6 offered here in the US too.

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  • The Riddler on Nov 25, 2021 at 9:49 am

    I am not sure how they can compare Lexus ES vs Mercedes E Class and BMW 5 series. 2 different segment of car. The director competitor should be Lexus GS.

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    • Azgarffield on Nov 25, 2021 at 5:55 pm

      You’re correct. Rwd Lexus GS is the direct rival, not the fwd ES. ES range was the overpriced Camry until 2012. Only after the 6th gen that the platform was based on the Toyota Avalon.

      I’m not questioning the build quality and resale value though. Camry is still out of most people’s reach anyway, let alone one with a Lexus badge

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    • Sam Loo on Nov 25, 2021 at 10:48 pm

      For those wanting to buy entry level e class or 5 series, thats where the ES competes.

      The GS serves its purpose of competing with the high end e class and 5er as well as the entry level SWB s class and 6er.

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      • Yada yada on Nov 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm

        It is just 500 – 800 apart between monthly installment for 530e and 530i. So people who afford these cars probably dont feel much, counted out those company cars for agents and exe which not bought by themselves. Normally if you see 330i or 528i or 530i are all personal own and the low spec 520i 530e 320 318 are company car. So really, entry level or not, money does not play much a part here. I suggest this es might attempt to steal some bmw 330i business but most probably will fail. Stealing 5er or e class? In dream. Now if I throw you 300k and you must spend it all to buy car of these choice you might probably end with a legendary BMW 330i or C300. Or discounted pre owned 530e or 530i. Or even the x3. Lexus ? Lol Nahhh..

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