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Refreshed 2022 Lexus ES debuts with new infotainment setup, new hybrid F Sport option

The Lexus ES has been refreshed for the 2022 model year.

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The Lexus ES is the middle ground of the company's sedan lineup, offering luxe appointments, high-tech features, and predictable drivability. For 2022, much of that is unchanged. For this mid-cycle refresh, Lexus has given the model more of what customers like most without compromising the nature of the car.

Designers have given the new car a fresh exterior. All trim levels except the ES F Sport get a new grille. The fresh mesh pattern features a series of concentric "L" shapes and is finished in Graphite-colored paint. The bi-LED headlamps have been redesigned and are standard with dynamic auto-leveling functionality.

2022 Lexus ES 350 F Sport

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New standard 17-inch wheels feature thicker spoke ends and are layered in "V" formations. Base and Luxury trims are available with 18-inch wheels that features a split-10-spoke design with a two-tone black and machined finish. Buyers also have the option of getting 18-inch five-spoke alloy noise reduction wheels on their Luxury and Ultra Luxury models. ES F Sport cars get exclusive 19-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels finished in black paint.

Lexus has made a number of driving and handling changes to the ES, including a new rear suspension member brace that is designed to improve torsional rigidity, stability, and comfort. The car has an enlarged brake pedal on all trim levels. On gasoline-powered ES models, the brake system has been recalibrated for better feeling and response. Regenerative brakes on the ES hybrid have also been re-optimized.

The 2022 Lexus ES will be offered in a new ES 300h F SPORT trim level in select regions. This model will give buyers the combination of efficiency and dynamic performance. It will be sold alongside the existing ES 250 AWD and ES 350 F Sport models.

2022 Lexus ES 250

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The new version of the car will feature F Sport badging, mesh grille with dark surround, trunk lid spoiler, unique 19-inch wheels with new Black finish, steering wheel, front seats, pedals, shift lever and knob, and gauges with a removable display ring.

Buyers who opt for the ES 350 F Sport can get their model with the new Dynamic Handling Package, which includes Sport+ and Custom drive modes, park assist, and an adaptive variable suspension.

Lexus will offer the car in 11 paint colors for the new year including Eminent White Pearl, Obsidian, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Moonbeam Beige Metallic, Sunlit Green, Nightfall Mica, Ultra White (F Sport only), Ultrasonic Blue 2.0 (F Sport only), Iridium, and Cloudburst Gray.

Base ES models come equipped with a NuLuxe-trimmed cabin in the buyer's choice of Black, Acorn, or Palomino paired with black striated wood trim accents. ES Luxury and Ultra Luxury models get semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats in Black, Acorn, or Rich Cream, paired with black open pore wood trim. The Palomino interior will be paired with matte walnut open pore wood trim accents. F SPORT ES models come with Black, Circuit Red, or White NuLuxe-trimmed upholstery that is paired with Hadori Aluminum accents.

2022 Lexus ES 300h F Sport

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The car's cabin now features a standard 8.0-inch or an available 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen. The screens sit 4.3 inches closer to center of the car allowing for easier touch functionality. The car also gets a more streamlined instrument panel.

The automaker will make Lexus Safety System 2.5+ (LSS 2.5+) standard on all ES models for the 2022 model year. The safety system includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and bicyclist detection. Intersection turning assist is new works to minimize forward collisions in intersections. Emergency steering assist is also new and is designed to keep a vehicle stable during an emergency evasive steering maneuver.

Adaptive cruise control can be activated at over 30 mph. LSS 2.5+ introduces curve speed reduction technology, which can automatically reduce vehicle speed, if needed, on certain types of curves.

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Lane departure alert, automatic high beams, road sign assist, and lane tracing assist technology also come with the system.

Information regarding the car's MSRP, options, and exterior, and interior color choices will be made closer to the car's arrival at dealerships this autumn.

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New luxury full-size SUV

All-new 2022 Lexus LX 600 will be here soon

The new LX will go on sale in early 2022.

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The Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX are among the most revered off-road vehicles of all time. Even so, Toyota is cutting the Land Cruiser in the U.S. after the 2021 model year due to slow sales. We will see its twin, however, as the 2022 Lexus LX was just announced. The full-size SUV will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022 and will bring all two new trims, more intuitive tech, and updated but familiar exterior styling.

2022 Lexus LX The new LX gets a twin-turbo V6 instead of a big V8, and its new platform shaves weight while improving rigidity.Lexus

The 2022 Lexus LX 600 comes in five trims: Standard, Premium, Luxury, F Sport, and Ultra Luxury. The new Ultra Luxury trim cuts the number of seats to four by replacing the rear bench with a pair of plush reclining captain's chairs. A rear entertainment system and large rear center console complete the top-level trim. Also new for 2022 is the LX F Sport, which brings Lexus' sharp appearance package to the LX for the first time. The F Sport gets exclusive 22-inch wheels, aggressive exterior styling, and sport seats with unique color schemes.

The LX is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that produces 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. The body-on-frame SUV rides on an all-new GA-F platform that Lexus says is 20 percent more rigid than that of the previous model. Lexus also carved 441 pounds out of the previous LX's platform weight.

2022 Lexus LX The LX is available in five trims, including a new top Premium Luxury model. Lexus

A new Active Height Control (AHC) system and adaptive suspension provide stability and a comfortable ride while retaining the LX's off-road capabilities. AHC allows the driver to select from three ride heights depending on the situation, and a low setting is available for entering and exiting the vehicle. Three wheel sizes are available, and the F Sport trim comes with a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Lexus updated the LX's cabin for 2022 with new infotainment system and a cleaner, more upscale design. A new dual-screen infotainment system is standard. The top 12.3-inch touchscreen handles audio and infotainment duties, while the lower 7.0-inch touchscreen is used for climate controls and related settings. The LX also gets Lexus' new infotainment software, which promises to be more intuitive and simpler than previous systems. Over-the-air updates will bring new features and update existing functionality, while voice controls can command audio, navigation, phone, and other vehicle settings.

2022 Lexus LX Ultra Luxury trim reduces seating capacity to four but makes the LX's cabin seriously plush.Lexus

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Owners of 2020 and 2021 model year Infiniti vehicles will be eligible.

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Apple CarPlay is a great feature that can add maps, streaming audio, and voice controls to even base model vehicles that would otherwise lack such technology. It also offers a standardized interface that works similarly to a smartphone's built-in software, so there's no confusion about how to operate the system. Until recently, users had to have their phones physically tethered to the vehicle with a wired connection, but many automakers have begun offering wireless connectivity. Infiniti is one of them, but in an unusual step, the company says that it will upgrade older model year vehicles with the technology at no cost.

Infiniti Wireless Apple CarPlay The upgrades will be free for owners.Infiniti

This means that if you own a 2020 or 2021 Q50, Q60, QX50, or QX80, you are eligible for the upgrade. Wireless Apple CarPlay became available for Infiniti vehicles starting with the 2022 model year, so it's a new feature for the automaker. The first model to support the feature was the 2022 QX55 and the new 2022 QX80 will offer the tech with its 12.3-inch touchscreen system. The 2022 Q50 and Q60 will both leave the factory with the feature, as will the upcoming QX60.

It's unclear how or if the upgrade will affect other vehicle systems, but it's a worthy move for anyone who owns a 2020 or 2021 Infiniti vehicle, if only to boost resale value down the road. Cars such as the 2021 Q50 came standard with a dual-screen infotainment system and wired Apple CarPlay, so the ability to go wireless would be a big bonus for some drivers.

Infiniti Wireless Apple CarPlay Owners have until March 31, 2022 to complete the upgrade.Infiniti

If you own a 2020 or 2021 Infiniti model, you have until March 31, 2022, to complete the upgrade. Infiniti says its dealers will perform the update at no cost to owners, so make your appointments now. The automaker has not announced plans to offer wireless Android Auto.

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