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Unveiled at the New York Auto Show last week, the 2013 Lexus ES has an all-new look, along with the company’s new trademark grille. Underneath that new look, however, is something that’s even more unique, the platform from the upcoming Toyota Avalon.
Previous Lexus ES models were based on Toyota’s Camry, and while the new 2013 model would seem right at home on the Camry underpinnings, Toyota and Lexus have given it the longer platform from the Avalon full-size sedan that was also revealed at New York.
Michael Kroll, manager at Lexus Communications told us “The ES platform will be shared with the recently announced Avalon. It is a significantly updated platform with a wheelbase of 111″, about two inches longer than the Camry platform.”
This extended wheelbase results in the ES being slightly longer than before and with more interior space than the outgoing model.
10. 2013 Lexus ES
Over the past few years Lexus has been referred to as a Japanese Buick, with the number one reason being the ES front-drive luxury sedan – a car that drew direct comparisons with the not-quite-Cadillac GM premium brand. To erase those comparos the new 2013 ES gets a more stylish exterior with a GS-themed front nose and a profile more like the flagship LS.
Swapping its Camry underpinnings for an Avalon platform it has, however, grown even more in size – a notable Buick trait. Plus, to challenge the eAssist mild-hybrid LaCrosse, there’s finally now an ES300h hybrid system getting 39 mpg average.
All new for 2013, the Lexus ES has been completely revamped starting with a bold new grille with more angler and fewer curves. The result is more of the new GS from the front and more of the flagship LS from the sides and back.
Powering the new ES is a familiar 3.5-liter V6, although Lexus is now also offering, for the first time, a hybrid engine option. To find out more about the new ES and the ES300h, watch AutoGuide’s first look video from the NY Auto Show below.
GALLERY: 2013 Lexus ES
Lexus decided to release a teaser of their new 2013 ES model ahead of its New York Auto Show debut, and the marketing machine continues rolling with yet another teaser, this time posted up on Lexus’s twitter account.
We first got a better look at the new ES 250 when it was spotted out in China and it’s without a doubt in our minds that this “masked machine” that’s under a crane and cover is the ES model making its way to the New York Auto Show.
The sixth-generation ES from Lexus promises to deliver a “dynamic new driving experience” and the styling appears to follow in the footsteps of the recently updated GS model. We will definitely know more once that cover is pulled off next week at the New York Auto Show.
Since its unveiling, the Lexus spindle grille has spun a web of new vehicle designs that has yet to stop growing and the ES sedan is the latest addition to that network.
The company issued a press release today saying that it will debut the new ES at next week’s New York Auto Show. We don’t get any more details than that, but the picture you see above was a part of the announcement. From it we can see that the ES will follow suit with the rest of Lexus’ newly restyled cars which implement the signature spindle grille first seen on the LF-LC concept in Detroit.
LED headlight accents, differently-styled fog lamps and chrome touches will lend new style to the front fascia. We’re expecting more than just an updated face, though. Lexus said its sixth-generation ES will introduce a “dynamic new driving experience.”
If current car design trends are any indicator, bet on seeing LEDs in the tail lights and the same sharper lines found on the rest of the automaker’s new lineup.
While we’re not sure what that means, we’ll be reporting live from New York City next ween on April 4.
The all-new 2013 Lexus ES was recently spotted in China. It looks like the luxury Japanese automaker will follow in its newly released GS footsteps with more aggressive styling in its entry-level model.
One quick glance at the above photo reveals that the new-generation ES will feature a much more prominent front-end design similar to what Lexus changed on their new GS model. The front grille and bumper features curves never seen before on the ES model.
The sleek roofline conjures up coupe-inspired styling and it’s a pleasant surprise to see Lexus change so much from their best-selling model, but we definitely agree that it’s all for the better. The interior has also got a huge refresh, giving it a much more luxurious look and doing away with the teardrop console we’ve seen in various current-generation Lexus models.
There’s no absolute guarantee that what we see before us will be what will make its way to the U.S., but chances are good that changes will be subtle. Either way, we’re excited at the direction Lexus is heading – first the GS and then with the ES model. Hopefully the IS gets a nice refresh soon. The current generation is getting a little outdated.
The unnamed individual dished the goods to the folks at the GMAuthority blog, commenting that the new ES will make significant strides in both fuel economy and refinement. It will reportedly be the quietest car Lexus has ever made, something Buick’s Quiet Tuning won’t be able to “hold a candle to”. The new ES will also grow in size, both in length and width, though isn’t likely to be as large as the LaCrosse, which is currently a half-foot longer than the Lexus.
Most importantly, however, is the fact that the ES will be offered as a hybrid (finally), delivering fuel economy in the high 40 mpg rating on the highway, with city mileage rated even higher. “The eAssist stuff [Buick's hybrid system] won’t even come close,” says the source.
As for exactly who the source is, the GMAuthority team won’t say, but did confirm he (or she) is from neither GM, nor Toyota. Oddly, however, they were driving a LaCrosse.