Editor's note: The Lexus ES sits on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform. The name of the platform was misstated in an earlier version of this story.
BEIJING -- Lexus is so confident in the performance chops of the redesigned ES sedan that it is giving the remake of one of its frumpiest nameplates an F Sport version for the first time.
Long a sensible choice of the over-60 set, the ES now moves to a new modular platform with a lower center of gravity and sportier handling. The platform is a Lexus derivative of the Toyota New Global Architecture that underpins the latest Toyota Camry and Avalon sedans.
The new front-wheel-drive platform provides crisper driving dynamics in the latest Camry and Avalon, and Lexus is banking that the premium spinoff will produce a repeat performance in the brand's volume sedan.
Lexus unveiled the 2019 Lexus ES, which goes on sale in September, at the Beijing auto show Wednesday. Toyota Motor Corp.'s luxury marque said the car's latest iteration will be lower, wider, longer than the outgoing version to "reflect newfound performance capabilities."
Lexus aims to stoke enthusiasm for the nameplate by offering an F Sport edition equipped with a rear spoiler, adaptive variable suspension, an additional performance-geared drive mode and sound enhancement for a more spirited engine rumble.