The next-generation Lexus ES sedan, which debuts at the Beijing auto show, will feature a more stylized body with a more prominent version of the brand's polarizing spindle grille.
The flattish sides of the current generation are replaced with more contoured shapes in the hybrid version of the midsize sedan previewed in a photo released Tuesday by Lexus.
The next ES shares a platform with the redesigned Toyota Avalon that goes on sale in May.
In the case of the Avalon, designers say the Toyota New Global Architecture allowed engineers to push down the suspension components, allowing for a lower center of gravity and a more aggressive stance.
The front-wheel-drive Avalon is equipped with a new six-cylinder engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission shared with the redesigned Toyota Camry that went on sale last year.
The Avalon and the ES are produced -- on different assembly lines -- at Toyota Motor's plant in Georgetown, Ky.
The ES has been "transformed for the world" with "engaging design" and "athletic performance," Lexus Canada said in a statement Tuesday.
The ES was the second-best selling car for Lexus in Canada in 2017. The automaker sold 1,892 units, down 12.1 per cent from the year before.
But, in the United States last year, the ES was the top-selling midsize luxury car, with 58,299 deliveries. However, ES sales fell 12 per cent in a segment that declined 7.9 per cent as consumers migrate to light trucks.
Canadian sales of the ES were down 19.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 while U.S. sales of the ES slipped 2.6 per cent in the opening quarter.
The redesigned ES will be unveiled on April 25.