We’ve already gotten our chance to put the all-new 2013 Lexus ES through its paces – read our review here – and the Japanese automaker has released all the specifications on its newest generation entry-level sedan.
The 2013 Lexus ES marks the sixth-generation of the popular model, which was originally introduced over 20 years ago. Much like all the new generation Lexus models, the 2013 ES features the signature Lexus spindle grille, a progressive new design on its styling, enhanced handling, and is now available for the first time as an ES 300h hybrid model.
The ES 300h features Lexus Hybrid Drive powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson engine with a total system 200-hp. Lexus expects the 300h to earn fuel ratings of approximately 40-mpg city, 39-mpg highway, and 39-mpg combined.
The Lexus ES 350 on the other hand, sports a 3.5-liter V6 under the hood with 268-hp and 248 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed, sequential-shift automatic transmission. Its fuel economy figures are estimated to be 21-mpg city, 31-mpg highway, and 24-mpg combined.
Both models will feature a Drive Mode selector, allowing the driver to choose between Normal, Eco, and Sport mode. The ES 300h also has an EV mode, allowing it to drive short distances at low speed using power from only the battery.
Coming from the factory, the 2013 ES will be equipped with 17-inch wheels while the ES 350 will have an 18-inch option available.
Options for both models include Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic, Lane Departure Alert, and Pre-Collission System. Standard safety features include 10 airbags and Whiplash Injury Lessening front seats.
On the inside, Lexus is going green throughout the ES series with new NuLuxe seating surfaces, developed to help reduce environmental impact. Genuine leather is available as an option of course.
Subtle differences on the outside between the ES 350 and ES 300h include dual exhaust pipes on the non-hybrid variant, while the hybrid model has an exclusive rear design with a hidden exhaust and an integrated rear spoiler. And of course, the hybrid model features different wheels and the signature, unique blue badging found on all Toyota/Lexus hybrid models.
“The ES has always been a customer favorite and a key model for Lexus,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “A tremendous effort was put into the all-new ES 350 and ES 300h to ensure that our one million eagerly awaiting ES customers would be more than pleased.”
No pricing on the 2013 ES was announced.