Lexus ES Goes Hybrid For 2013
Lexus’ popular ES sedan series will offer a hybrid version for 2013.
Equipped with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine as found in the Camry Hybrid, the 2013 ES 300h hybrid is expected to earn an EPA fuel economy rating of approximately 40 mpg combined city/highway. Lexus did not reveal the exact power found under the hood, but this hybrid combo provides 200 horsepower on the Camry version and is expected to provide the same in the ES.
This twin cam engine utilizes a sophisticated power management system, 12.5:1 compression ratio, and Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). The beltless motor is designed to improve fuel economy and durability.
The ES 300h hybrid offers the driver four modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV. EV mode allows short distance drives, at reduced speed, using only the power from the hybrid battery pack. Normal mode provides a blend of performance and efficiency that is suited to everyday driving, while Eco mode favors fuel economy. Sport mode increases powertrain responsiveness.
The whole Lexus ES range being revised, both the exterior and interior are updated, including the now familiar “face” Lexus has been grafting on all its revised models.
Greater rear seat legroom and knee room are the hallmark of the redesigned, more spacious cabin. Knee room is increased by 2.8 inches and legroom is increased by 4.1 inches.
The new ES features the next-generation Lexus Enform system. This system provides seamless connectivity with Bing search, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Yelp and Facebook Places through compatible smart phones. One-year trial subscriptions to Lexus Enform with Safety Connect and the Application Suite are included.
Good news, despite its larger size, roomier interior and additional luxury appointments, the weight of the new ES is reduced by almost 90 pounds.