Lexus has built another model to the every growing hybrid list. This morning at the New York Auto Show the ES 300h was revealed.
The model’s new exterior takes cues from the recently redesigned 2013 Lexus GS and that is exciting. At first glance the new ES bears the trapezoidal “spindle” grille and a low-slung side profile with a squared-off rear end. The V-6 model features integrated dual exhaust cutouts in the bumper, while the hybrid has a hidden exhaust unit.
What is New?
The ES wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer, there is 2.8 inches more knee room and 0.6 inches more legroom for backseat passengers. The new seat design gives rear passengers more foot room, too. The ES 300h features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid system and a two-speed continuously variable automatic transmission. Like the Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid, the ES 300h will likely achieve an EPA-estimated 40/38/40 mpg city/highway/combined score.
Lexus also says the ES 300h will offer adaptive driving modes:
- EV–the EV mode allowing for short, battery-only driving.
The new ES gets a mouse-like controller for:
- the climate
- navigation systems
The ES also gets the brand’s Enform multimedia system, which displays music and apps including Pandora internet radio and a Bing search feature. The ES comes standard with Lexus’ “NuLuxe” vinyl upholstery, which is made with 65% less carbon-dioxide emissions compared with making leather, says Lexus. Genuine leather is available as well. Like the new Toyota Camry, the ES comes standard with 10 airbags, including driver and front passenger knee airbags.
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source: Green Car Reports