Originally Posted by spwolf
unfortunately no, Lexus EU said no plans to bring ES, and Lexus Japan said that ES will not be sold there.
For them, they think they raise the profile of Lexus by not offering FWD large sedan. They dont understand that the profile does not exist anyway :-)
I found the source from where I got the information.
This is an interview between Mark Templin, General Manager of Lexus USA and Kevin Watts Editor from Lexus Enthusiast:
Kevin: And you’re doing a right hand drive, correct? Maybe we’ll see it in a market like Australia?
Mark: We haven’t announced where we’re going to sell it yet, but there’s huge potential in a lot of markets where we haven’t offered it because we didn’t have right-hand drive.
So we will launch this year in left-hand drive markets, and it will be a big seller for us — we have over 1,000,000 ES customers on the road who love the brand, love the dealers, love their cars, and I think we’ll be very successful with them.
Then next year, we’ll launch in select right-hand drive markets.
And then we have this speculation whether the ES should be manufactured in the US or not:
From this source: http://minkara.carview.co.jp/userid/...blog/27120510/
We find that the ES300h might replace the HS250h as it has been done in the US (that's from what I can understand using Google translate)
Maybe because of the introduction of the right-hand-drive ES in other markets? Since Europe is not getting it but what about Japan?... We might see it in South East Asia and Australia.
Now regarding the new LS... here are some more insights:
The new LS design will be quite different than the previous one featuring new equipment. Pricing will be pretty much the same as the current LS (as we have seen with the new GS).
However, fuel economy has not been improved (LS460), hybrid batteries have no been changed, trunk space has not been changed as well, and the wheelbase is the same one as the current LS. Handling and driving dynamics have been improved.
Exterior colors from the new GS will be aded to the new LS and so as the exclusive F Sport colors.
It seems that this LS is not a complete model change but a major refresh
Here are some features of the F Sport package
■ F SPORT (Google translate from Japanese)
Rear bumper sports only a dedicated LED fog lights front bumper · F F · F exclusive sports Sport (+ Roamekkiba paint Loa only)
F-only sport emblem (fender)
Only F-Sport forged wheels (BBS is made by polishing the surface shape. As well as SZ)
• Setting the F-only sports body color (white Nova glass flakes)
Interior panel aluminum + carbon only [F sport? ]
[Two-color black (white gray perforations), of mellow white-only] F sport aluminum pedal, sports seat-only footrest · F
Black scuff plates [character], only F Sport LEXUS
Only dedicated sports suspension and brake F · F Brembo front calipers sport [to enter] LEXUS logo 6pod
F-Sport sound generator only  only (curious about what's this, like the BMW's M5 sound modder?)
· ALL-LED headlamps are standard [600h, the MOP 460]
Black bumpers in the ALL-LED tail light · LED fog lamp grill grille spindle extension of body size change the design of all vehicles ※ △ common mosquito door mirrors (dark gray) (about +3 cm in length)
• Change bonnet design
Speed speedometer display speedometer increments a big design change, for up to 180 inside that small increments of up to 280 · The needle is now double, double representation of the speed display on the outside? (There is also the possibility of also shown kg + miles)
· LED analog clock (linked GPS)
12.3 inches-touch navigation & remote (Leather)
· LED ambient light panel to ornament the front passenger seat (door trim [No]
△ multifunctional 18way power seats, etc. 
· Blu-ray Disc playback support
[only] Rear Entertainment System
• Supports SD memory card playback rear entertainment systems
Months of LED lamp-room champagne gold system 
Steering wheel, change the design of the adoption of a dedicated [LS, smaller diameter] "(tentative name) Eruarinin leather?" Of superlative
This genuine leather shift **** and aluminum + [LS] only
• Adoption of a dedicated shift boots [460. No shift boots 600h]
Power-up of the seat heater.
(Only executive or L) air-conditioners and heater feature the world's first senses the body temperature to adjust
-New interior panel has been adopted in [GS, Agathis (Thurs stripe), Silver Leaf Wood dedicated system LS)
· With L-SELECT. (W do not remember about nine theme there?)
■ proximity alarm and rear vehicle safety equipment [BMS] MOP's first domestic Lexus ※ · Adaptive high beam automatic radar Cruise + person ※ MOP support and new Pre-crash Safety
※ 52,500 yen (hard to explain ...)
■ · Noise Reduction wheel body rigidity strengthening adding "Comfort" in the drive mode select PERFORMANCE (setting. Wheels reduce road noise pattern from the year 2013)
[FR] LSD Torusen only car-
460 no change s
600h is the better 0.6km / L, 11.6km / L in JC08 mode
■ other quietness up further
※ key card (Leather + larger) No arc only change the smart key LS.