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  • While you won't often find the phrases "luxury sedan" and "fuel-efficient" used in the same sentence, the Lexus ES h proves that the two ideas aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. The Lexus h is a hybrid-powered version of the automaker's midsize ES entry-level luxury.

    Powering the ES h is Lexus' fourth-generation hybrid powertrain that consists of a revised liter I-4 backed by a CVT, a generator.

    The redesigned Lexus ESh hybrid continues to play to its strengths. Read our full review and see pictures at Car and Driver.

    Lexus es300h review

    Lexus es300h review

    The new platform also let Lexus relocate the battery under the rear bench, which meant there were no compromises in terms of passenger space or cargo capacity like there used to be. The nickel-metal hydride battery has been made more power-dense, which allowed engineers to make it smaller and relocate to under the rear seat. Behind the wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel is a mostly digital instrument cluster with a 7. Total system horsepower is rated at , up from last year's hp.

    Lexus es300h review

    Lexus es300h review

    Lexus es300h review

    Lexus es300h review

    Lexus es300h review

    Lexus ES h review (video)

    The seventh-generation ES h petrol hybrid sedan looks sharper and feels plusher than before. When Lexus entered India about 18 months ago, the ES h was part of the portfolio. That model sixth-generation , however, was inching towards the end of its life cycle, and amidst its fresher rivals, it looked dated too. But now, just months after its reveal at the Beijing auto show, Lexus has brought the seventh-generation ES h to India. Its rear track is now wider by 35mm and it gets a new multi-link rear suspension.

    The use of high tensile steel in several areas provides the necessary rigidity to the car while keeping a check on the weight of the platform, which in fact, is 62kg lesser than before.

    Lexus es300h review

    The overall kerb weight, however, has increased to 1,kg from 1,kg. Look at the ES h from a distance and it could be easily mistaken for the larger, more expensive LS h sedan. The rear gets a new boot lid spoiler and new signature tail-lamps. Overall, the design is a lot more aggressive and sportier than that of the earlier car. For ease of access, the steering wheel and seats adjust automatically each time the ignition is turned on and off. The choice of materials used in the cabin is top class — at least the leather and soft-touch bits — and the fit-finish is second to none.

    The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and wood which makes it that much nicer to hold. The ES h's seats are great in terms of support, the cushioning is spot on and the front ones have a heating and ventilation function too. Most owners would prefer to be chauffeur-driven and with good reason, as the back seat is incredibly comfy.

    Lexus es300h review

    The backrest can be electrically reclined up to 8 degrees in a Active noise cancellation and additional stuffing of polyurethane foam in the pillars do well to isolate the ES' occupants from the outside environment.

    The hyper-chrome alloys are actually hollow in this car and that absorbs tyre noise to a certain extent. At the end of the day, all these work very effectively and make the cabin hushed. The litre boot is huge and deep and will easily gobble up a couple of full-sized suitcases. Unlike other cars in its segment, the spare wheel, which is full-sized with an alloy wheel, is nicely tucked below the boot floor, making it more practical than the others.

    In terms of equipment, the ES gets auto LED headlamps, inch wheels, sunroof, cruise control, paddleshifters, ventilated front seats, heated seats, reclining rear seats, W Mark Levinson sound system, three-zone climate control, wireless phone charging, 10 airbags, ESP and TC, among others.

    Lexus es300h review

    Sadly, it misses out on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but it offers MiraCast where one can mirror the phone screen on the infotainment screen wirelessly, and gets navigation too. This ES h, like the sixth-gen model, is powered by a 2. When these two units work in synergy, the combined power derived from the hybrid system is hp, a healthy 13hp more than before. Buyers will love its fuel efficiency too, which is claimed to be up by Flex your right foot a bit and when the petrol engine does kick in, the transition from battery to hybrid is seamless.

    The CVT complements this unit very well. That typical rubber band effect is still there, but the noise is so well damped that the whine from the CVT at high revs is barely heard in the cabin. The entire battery pack, now lighter than before, sits lower within the wheelbase , to further lower the centre of gravity as well as ensure optimum weight distribution; earlier it was behind the rear seat.

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