Lexus has chosen the 2012 New York Auto Show to launch its new 2013 Lexus ES, either in version ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid. This model is the ultimate expression of design language proposed by the Japanese manufacturer. The wheelbase has been lengthened to increase the spaciousness inside and the driving dynamics have been improved by revising steering system and suspension.
The Lexus Hybrid Drive system appears for the first time on the ES range with a four-cylinder 2.5 engine coupled to an electric unit. The manufacturer declares consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 km on combined cycle. There are four driving modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV. This allows covering short distances on battery power alone. The Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5 V6 Dual VVT-i engine mated to the ECT-i six-speed automatic transmission.
The new ES features the signature Lexus spindle grille, advanced LED accent lighting, a lower and more slender profile with solid lines from back to front. It mounts 215/55 R17 tires with 17 “alloy wheels as standard or 18 “wheels as optional. The body is available in two new colours: Agate Pearl Metallic and Silver Lining. Inside the car features luxury upholstery made of new materials and colours. Thanks to a longer wheelbase rear passengers can enjoy 10.4 inches of extra space.
The tech-department is packed with safety devices such as blind spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Pre-Collision System, 10 airbags as standard and Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL); also featuring Lexus Enform infotainment system with Internet connectivity and smartphones integration, Lexus Premium Sound system with Automatic Sound Levelizer, CD player, USB, Bluetooth, and Sirius XM receiver. The HDD navigation system is offered as an option.
The Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h will be available with left hand drive from next summer, but the UK will have to wait until 2013.