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Lexus updates infotainment and safety in 2022 ES sedan

Not everyone wants to drive a crossover or SUV, as evidenced by the array of sedans on offer by most luxury manufacturers. For 2022, Lexus has re-upped its ES line of four-door cars, fiddling with its infotainment system and adding some new safety features.

There’s plenty to like inside any modern Lexus cabin, though its approach to screens and associated controls could generally use a bit of work.

The company took that constructive criticism to heart, making changes for 2022. The standard 8.0-inch and available 12.3-inch colour displays have been moved forward 110 mm (just over 4 inches) and now feature touch-screen functionality in addition to the remote touch interface.

This should quell a great deal of carping about the system, since most complaints centre around the touchpad and its propensity to flummox intended user input in strange and interesting ways. Both the driver and passenger should now have much more success while interacting with the Lexus infotainment system. Additional interior updates include a more streamlined instrument panel design, one which embraces a ‘seamless’ cabin integration. Marketing hyperbole aside, it looks like a pleasant place in which to spend time.

On the safety side, Lexus has introduced the Safety System+ 2.5 as standard equipment on all trim levels. Over and above the old 2.0 system, it incorporates an enhancement to the forward-facing lens camera and millimetre-wave radar elements, expanding the response range for tools like automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.

A new update to the system includes something called Intersection Turning Assist. Under certain conditions at intersections, it has the capability to recognize an oncoming vehicle when performing a left-hand turn, or a pedestrian when performing left and right-hand turns, and is designed to activate pre-collision functions if needed. The team also fiddled with the dynamic cruise control settings to reproduce a more human-like feel to acceleration and handling of road curves.

Minor exterior design updates include refreshed grille designs and redesigned standard bi-LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling. Snazzy new wheels are also on offer, so keep that in mind if you’re reading this post in 2052 while bidding on a 2022 Lexus ES F-Sport at Barrett-Jackson.

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