It took three years to produce perfect seats for the all-new ES Models.
The process to design the seats involved many prototypes to provide ideal support and comfort for people of all shapes and sizes.
Takeshi Kawano, a leading engineer on the team that worked on the new ES, explains the overarching concept for Lexus seat design is “clear and deep,”
“The moment you sit in the new ES, you’ll notice that your posture feels just right,” he said. “There’s no need to squirm around until you find the right position. This is the ‘clear’ part
“Then, once you’re seated, it support your lower back. You’ll feel at ease and, no matter the G-forces acting on the car from any direction, your posture never wavers. This is the ‘deep’ part.”
The seats had to suit occupants of all sizes, which presented the team with another significant challenge.
Regardless of how big or small the driver is, they should be able to experience the same sense of luxury.
“Our biggest test during development was how to design the seats so they could cancel out physical differences,” said Shin Maezawa, who leads all Lexus seat development.
The ES’ seats have a simple structure, with polyurethane foam wrapped around an iron frame.
The cushion is flat, but it elevates the sides to provide hip support and keep the body stable.
However, if the cushion is wide enough for large drivers to sit in the seat, smaller drivers will experience a lack of support around the hips.
The carmaker launched the all-new ES 250 EX and ES 300h SE in October this year.
The ES 250 EX retails for R 593,300 and the ES 300h SE model retails for R 843,800.
Both models come standard with a best-in-class 7-year/105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan.