It was only three years ago when Lexus introduced the seventh-generation ES and now Toyota's luxury division is gearing up to present the mid-cycle facelift. Joining the bold LF-Z Electrified concept at Auto Shanghai, the updated midsize saloon is going to break cover on 19 April. Meanwhile, a teaser photo+video combo has been released to ease the wait.
From what we're being allowed to see, the ES facelift will feature mildly redesigned headlights with a different light pattern for the sharper daytime running lights. The main headlight cluster also appears to have a slightly modified configuration with three square modules instead of the current car’s trapezoidal projectors.
We took a snapshot of the teaser video right at the moment when the car's rear end appears. It seems to have a boot lid spoiler suggesting it's a sportier trim, although the F Sport badge is missing. An AWD logo along with the model's designation can be found where you'd expect on the bottom-right corner of the boot lid. As for the taillights, these seem virtually identical to those of the current ES, and we can say the same thing about the F Sport rear bumper.
It's worth pointing out the teaser published by Lexus isn't only for the Chinese version even though the model will premiere in the People's Republic. As a matter of fact, the car featured in the video actually depicts the US-spec model judging by the rear license plate. We're expecting the facelift to be mild, at least when it comes to exterior revisions.
There could be more than meets the eye as Lexus might tweak things inside the cabin and underneath the skin. However, we’ll have to wait until next Monday to discover what the facelift will bring to a car that still feels relatively fresh. Toyota will also attend Auto Shanghai starting 19 April and will bring an electric SUV concept.