Japanese carmaker Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus has officially launched the seventh-generation Lexus ES300 Hybrid sedan in India. The Lexus ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol engine combined with the new, fourth-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive System, the hybrid electric ES 300h.The new ES300h gets the all-new Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform. The sedan gets a lower stance and proportions with slim LED headlamps with distinctive L shaped marker lights.To increase passenger comfort the driver’s control panel and the display has been moved closer to the driver, to provide extra space for the front passenger. Rear passengers are treated to an extended legroom space of 998.6 mm, made possible by the longer wheelbase. The interior gets human-centered design principles, console mounted climate and audio controls along with adjustable and heated semi-aniline seats, and the 17 speaker Mark Levinson Pure Play system.The ES 300h gets a new fourth generation Hybrid Drive system. The Euro 6 compliant, new hybrid electric system coupled with the four-cylinder petrol engine, delivers improved linear acceleration according to Lexus with a combined 160 kW of total power, and a mileage of 22.37 km/l.The safety list of the ES 300h is impressive which includes 10 airbags, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, and Anti-theft system, with break-in and tilt sensors. Also, the cockpit features a 7-inch LCD instrument panel with a large analog tachometer, digital speedometer and an easy-to-read multi-information display, in addition to a fully adjustable color heads-up display that projects relevant vehicle information onto the windshield.advertisementThe navigation system on the 12.3-inch Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) full-size display, and the wireless charger built into the new ES, further aid in reducing distractions while on the road. Precise steering inputs are delivered by a new rack-assist type Electric Power Steering (EPS) system, and the ES offers a Drive Mode Select system that allows the driver to tailor the car’s settings to varying road conditions with Eco, Normal and Sport modes. MacPherson struts in front, a trailing arm and a multilink setup in the back with stabilizer bars at each end, coupled with 18-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels. Additionally, due to the reconfigured rear suspension, cargo room has been increased, and the new ES 300h features 454 L of cargo space with an auto-open trunk, that also fits in a full sized spare wheel.For the interiors, the sedan features four color schemes, and three types of trim, in addition to the array of nine paint colors available on the exterior. Along with Black, Chateau and Topaz Brown, the ES also introduces a light new Rich Cream interior that offers a contrast to the deep brown dash and roof trim. The ES offers two shades of Shimamoku wood trim (black, brown), as well as light-colored Bamboo. The mark of Takumi craftsmanship is evident in the new ES, in the soft padding of the instrument panel, where each stitch is embedded into materials for a 3-D effect.The Lexus ES 300h has been priced at Rs 59,13,000 (Pan-India)(ex-showroom).