2021 Lexus ES lineup grows with all-wheel drive, Black Line Special Edition models

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

Lexus is adding to its ES lineup for 2021 with new models and all-wheel drive.

Lexus is expanding its list ES offerings for the 2021 model year. The 2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD becomes the first all-wheel drive (AWD) ES model ever offered. Further, the 2021 Lexus ES 350 Black Line Special edition adds black accents and a unique interior option for buyers.

The 2021 Lexus ES lineup will arrive at dealerships early this autumn.

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD

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Designed to give buyers increased confidence in inclement driving conditions, Lexus engineers have simply taken an all-wheel drive system and fitted to the traditional Lexus ES 350. This is the same way all-wheel drive is designed in the ES’s sister car, the Toyota Camry. There are no changes to the leg room or cargo space in ES that have AWD compared to those ES models that do.

The system sends torque to all four wheels with up to 50 percent of the engine torque going to the rear. When all-wheel drive capability is not needed, the electromagnetic controlled coupling on the rear drive axle can disengage the propeller shaft to help prioritize fuel efficiency.

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

2021 Lexus ES 250 AWD F Sport

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All ES 250 AWD models are powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 203 horsepower achieves 28 mpg combined.

The suspension tuning, wheels, and tires differentiating the ES model grades carry over to the AWD versions. That means, for example, the ES F Sport grade features the same sport-tuned suspension and 19-inch wheels in both front-wheel drive and AWD versions.

2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

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2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

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2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

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2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

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2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

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2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

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2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

2021 Lexus ES Black Line Special Edition

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A limited number of 2021 Lexus ES 350 Black Line Special Edition sedans will be offered for sale. Based on the F Sport grade, the models will be available in the buyer’s choice of an Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0, Obsidian, or Ultra White exterior. There are black outer mirrors, darkened F Sport wheels and lug nuts, and a black rear lip spoiler.

Each interior has the F SPORT-only two-tone scheme that features white and black coloring with gray stitching.

As with other Black Like Special Edition models in the Lexus lineup, the ES version comes with a two-piece set of Zero Halliburton travel cases that feature several distinctive features, including a chrome logo badge laser etched with “Zero Halliburton for Lexus”, a sumptuous interior lining, a Lexus grille motif and a Lexus embossed leather logo badge. The set consists of a 22-inch Continental Carry-on and a 26-inch Medium Travel Case – both black.

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