Lexus, a leading luxury automotive brand, said that its ES 300h model was honoured in the ‘Best Midsize Luxury Sedan’ category at the 2019 Middle East Car of the Year (Mecoty) awards, which was recently held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The Lexus ES 300h was selected for the award by a judging panel made up of 19 independent senior editors from the Middle East and North Africa’s (Mena) leading automotive publications, said a statement from the company.
Each nominee was assessed according to a rigorous set of 10 criteria including design and quality (exterior and interior); emotional appeal and driver satisfaction; handling and drivability; value for money (new purchase and resale); safety and durability; comfort and practicality; performance and capability; environmental friendliness; technological innovation; and regional appeal, it said.
Mohammed Maktari, managing director at Al-Futtaim Lexus, said: “We are delighted that the ES 300h model has been recognised at the awards.”“The vehicle’s winning combination of brave design and exhilarating performance is complemented not only by its luxurious interior but also its outstanding efficiency and green credentials,” he said.
The 2019 ES 300h is an electrified hybrid model that can be driven entirely by electrical ?power with zero-fuel consumption and carbon emissions, or through a combination of a petrol ?engine and two electric motors, depending on the vehicle’s speed and driver behaviour.
In addition, batteries in the hybrid electric drivetrain are automatically charged by either the petrol ?engine or when braking and decelerating, eliminating the need to plug in a power cord.
The model enables customers to contribute to a sustainable future with a fuel consumption value of 22.4 km/l while enjoying the increased driving satisfaction and engagement provided by the car’s advanced technologies, it added.
The vehicle’s latest features include a 12.3-inch enhanced in-vehicle multimedia display, 10.2-inch coloured and adjustable head-up display (HUD), 7-inch colour multi-information display (MID) in the gauge cluster, wireless charging system for smartphones, LED ambient illumination, the Lexus Climate Concierge with a three-zone independent temperature control system, a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, multi-adjustable power and ventilated front seats, power reclining rear seats, a rear armrest with multi-operation panel, and a hands-free power trunk lid.
The model comes with the Lexus Safety System+, an advanced safety technology package that includes pre-collision system (PCS) with pedestrian detection during daylight and certain low-light conditions, dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC), lane departure alert (LDA) with a new feature called lane tracing assist (LTA) and a two-stage adaptive high beam system (AHS).
Additionally, the car offers unparalleled protection for its occupants through a comprehensive array of safety features such as 10 SRS airbags, vehicle stability control (VSC), traction control (TRC), anti-lock Braking System (Abs), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), panoramic view monitor (PVM), blind spot monitor (BSM), parking support alert (PKSA), rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA), active cornering assist (ACA), and hill-start assist control (HAC), among many others.
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