Details of 2013 Lexus ES 350, ES 300h released
With the new spindle grill, the two models get the latest refinements and quality enhancements in the Lexus entry-level offering. The new Lexus Hybrid Drive is sure to impress those still concerned by the fickle nature of gasoline prices.
“Since its introduction in 1989, the ES has been the benchmark luxury sedan for quality, reliability, ride comfort and value,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The new ES 350 and the first ever ES hybrid raise the bar once again.”
Engine, Transmission, Drivetrain and Performance
This marks the first time, the Lexus ES with Lexus Hybrid Drive will be available. Driven by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, the ES 300h is anticipating EPA economy ratings approximating 40-mpg city and 39-mpg highway in a remarkably flat and efficient fuel economy for all normal driving modes. It develops 200 total system horsepower with the addition of the electric motor.
The low friction engine utilizes a high compression ratio (12.5:1) along with an advanced power management system to increase overall efficiency. Featuring an electric water pump and power steering system plus an integrated hybrid electric motor/generator, this engine uses no accessory belts, thereby improving fuel economy and enhancing already remarkable reliability.