Lexus is charging into the future with confirmation its all-new ES sedan will be offered exclusively with a hybrid powertrain.
The Japanese luxury brand has confirmed full Australian specifications and prices for the seventh-generation mid-size sedan, with just two model grades available - Luxury and Sports Luxury - and only one option, the choice of premium paint for an extra $1500.
Both front-drive ES300h variants will be powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor that produces a combined power output of 160kw and has a claimed average fuel consumption of 4.6l/100km - 16.4 per cent better than its predecessor.
The luxury model will cost $59,888 (plus on-road costs) and comes equipped with heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, sunroof, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster, colour head-up display and a 12.3-inch infotainment system with sat nav, bluetooth, digital radio and lexus enform, the company's embedded apps interface.
The Sports Luxury costs $74,888 (plus on-roads) and rides on larger 18-inch alloys (there's 17s on the luxury model), has ventilated front seats with additional adjustments for lumbar support, full aniline leather trim with rear seats that are heated and can recline, three-zone climate control with a humidity control function, a higher-grade 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system and automatic boot opening.
Both variants are also equipped with Lexus' full suite of safety systems, including autonomous emergency braking with daytime cyclist detection and pedestrian detection in all conditions, active cruise control, reverse camera and LED headlights with automatic high beams. That's on top of the protection from 10 airbags and a pop-up bonnet.
Sports Luxury adds to the safety quiver with a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts.
The Lexus ES300h is due in Australian showrooms from October.
2018 Lexus ES300h price
ES300h Luxury $59,888
ES300h Sports Luxury $74,888
*prices exclude on-road costs