NEW YORK, N.Y. – Lexus today unveiled the all-new 2013 ES lineup, including the ES 350 and ES 300h equipped with Lexus Hybrid Drive.
“The Lexus ES is a luxury sedan that continues to deliver style, sophistication and refinement. With its signature elegance, the 2013 ES350 will offer Canadians exceptional performance and state-of-the-art amenities,” said Larry Hutchinson, Senior Executive Director, Lexus Canada. “We are also very proud to offer a hybrid version of ES to Canadians that will further Lexus’ hybrid leadership.”
For the first time, the Lexus ES will be available with Lexus Hybrid Drive and features a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine.
This new, low friction 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, and a near zero evaporative fuel system helps reduce emissions.
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 favours fuel economy. Sport mode increases powertrain responsiveness.
The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine with Dual VVT-i. The six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) provides enhanced performance, fuel efficiency and smooth shifts. Low friction materials further improve efficiency.
We will have a full preview of this vehicle coming up in the next few weeks.
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