Lexus debuts 2013 ES including new 300h hybrid

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Lexus Unveils All-New 2013 ES 350 and First-Ever ES 300h Hybrid at New
York International Auto Show

NEW YORK, April 4, 2012 – Lexus today unveiled the all-new 2013 ES
lineup, including the ES 350 and ES 300h equipped with Lexus Hybrid
Drive. Featuring a progressive new design and enhanced handling, the
2013 ES sedan is set to continue as a favorite of luxury car buyers.

"The Lexus ES brought new levels of refinement, sophistication
and quality to the entry luxury segment when it entered the market in
1989, and through the years it has consistently been a sales leader
for us," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and
general manager. "Now, with both gas and hybrid versions, the
2013 ES promises to lead Lexus forward once again."

ES 350 Now Complemented by ES 300h Hybrid
For the first time, the Lexus ES will be available with Lexus Hybrid
Drive. Featuring a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, the
ES 300h hybrid is expected to earn an EPA fuel economy rating of
approximately 40 mpg combined city/highway.

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 favors fuel economy. Sport mode increases
powertrain responsiveness.

The ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter 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.

Signature Lexus Design
The new ES features a lower, progressive profile, and clean,
continuous styling lines from front to rear. All four corners are
pulled tightly inward to the wheel arches, creating distinctive
proportions. The wheelbase of the new ES has been lengthened by 1.8
inches, while the overall length of the vehicle has grown by just one
inch, resulting in a more spacious interior.

The new ES unmistakably bears the new face of Lexus with its
distinctive, spindle grille. The LED daytime running lights and
combination rear lamps reflect the "L" design motif. The ES
350's rear bumper sports dual exhaust pipes, while the ES 300h hybrid
features a distinctive rear design with hidden exhaust and an
integrated spoiler. New exterior colors for the 2013 ES include Fire
Agate Pearl and Silver Lining Metallic.

Interior Designed for Comfort and Spaciousness
The modern interior of the 2013 ES has been designed to provide both a
sense of openness and security. Sightlines and visibility are
improved, controls are logically placed, and new cabin materials
express a high level of craftsmanship.

A newly sculptured seat enhances driver comfort. The steering wheel
angle has been reduced from 24 degrees to 22 degrees for a more
natural control position. Fluid-filled engine mounts, new sound
absorbing materials and a tuned engine intake minimize the intrusion
of outside noise.

Greater rear seat legroom and knee room are the hallmark of the
redesigned, more spacious cabin. Knee room is increased by 2.8 inches
and legroom is increased by 4.1 inches. The new design also offers
additional foot room below the front seats.

Available comfort and convenience features include manual door window
shades, a power rear shade, and a one-touch power trunk closer.
Optional ambient lighting, discretely placed under the wood trim,
softly illuminates the surfaces of the instrument panel and all four

The new ES will feature enhanced NuLuxe seating surfaces, developed to
reduce environmental impact. Genuine leather is also available, as is
semi-aniline leather for an even more refined look and feel. Interiors
are available in Black, Light Gray, and Parchment. Trim colors and
materials include Piano Black, Espresso Bird's-eye Maple, and Bamboo.

Crisp, Confident Driving Dynamics
Suspension and steering changes and a stiffer body deliver more
precise handling. Opposite-wound coil springs on the front suspension
enhance straight-line stability. Revised rear suspension geometry and
improved shock absorber damping characteristics enhance ride comfort.
A reduction in the steering gear ratio delivers a more responsive and
direct steering feel. Increased body rigidity is achieved through
lightweight, high tensile strength steel, added bracing and additional
spot welds. Despite its larger size, roomier interior and additional
luxury appointments, the weight of the new ES is reduced by almost 90

The ES will be equipped with standard 215/55R17 low rolling resistance
tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, and for the first time, available
18-inch high-gloss alloy wheels.

Driver-Focused Cockpit
Designed with attention to ergonomics and driver focus, the cockpit
features separate display and operation zones to help keep the
driver's eyes on the road. The instrument panel, with its long,
layered look, places the main information display directly in the
driver's line of sight. Just below the center display is a
self-illuminating LED analog clock. Controls are clustered beneath the
information zone, on the steering wheel, and on the center console.

The second-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI) allows the user to
operate the climate, audio, phone controls, optional navigation system
and more. The screen menus are selected with a controller conveniently
located on the center console. RTI reduces eye and hand movement,
helping reduce effort and distraction.

Safety Features
An array of safety features aid the driver. The available Blind Spot
Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) helps detect vehicles in
side blind spots. The RCTA alerts the driver to rear cross traffic
when backing out of a parking spot. Available Lane Departure Alert
(LDA) is integrated with automatic high beam dimming technology. The
available Pre-Collision System (PCS) uses sub-millimeter wave radar to
detect obstructions and prepare the vehicle for a potential

The ES features a segment-leading 10 airbags as standard equipment,
including driver and front passenger knee and front air bags, as well
as front and rear seat-mounted side and curtain airbags. Whiplash
Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats are designed to limit excessive
head movement in certain rear-end collisions helping to decrease the
severity of whiplash-type injuries.

Lexus Safety Connect, including Enhanced Roadside Assistance, an
Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Stolen Vehicle Location services,
and Automatic Collision Notification to a Safety Connect center is
standard on the new ES. A one-year trial subscription for Safety
Connect is included.

Lexus Multimedia
The new ES features the next-generation Lexus Enform® system. Lexus
Enform® provides seamless connectivity with Bing™ search, iHeartRadio,, OpenTable®, Pandora®, Yelp® and Facebook Places
through compatible smart phones. Apps are updated through over-the-air
downloads, so new apps and content can be added as they become
available. One-year trial subscriptions to Lexus Enform with Safety
Connect and the Application Suite are included.

The standard Lexus Premium Sound System features eight speakers with
Automatic Sound Levelizer, CD player, USB/iPod® connectivity,
Bluetooth® and a SiriusXM receiver. The available Display Audio
package adds a seven-inch screen, a backup camera, HD Radio™ with
iTunes® tagging, Bluetooth audio, phone transfer, and a vehicle
information display. The optional HDD Navigation System includes voice
command and an integrated backup camera.

An available 15-speaker Mark Levinson® audio system features an
eight-inch display screen, HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging, DVD
audio/video and a SiriusXM receiver. Exclusive GreenEdge technology
from Mark Levinson doubles the output of the amplifier, while reducing
energy consumption by fifty percent.

"The new Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid combine technology,
style and performance to please current ES owners and attract new
buyers," said Templin. "With the addition of the ES 300h,
Lexus truly offers something for everyone in the entry luxury

ES 350 ES 300h
Seating Capacity 5 5
Overall Length (in.) 192.7 192.7
Width (in.) 71.7 71.7
Height (in.) 57.1 57.1
Wheelbase (in.) 111.0 111.0
Driven Wheels Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3,549 3,660
Wheel size 17" x 7.0" (standard) 17" x 7.0"
(front and rear) 18" x 7.5" (optional)
Tires size 215/55/17 (standard) 215/55/17 (standard)
225/45/18 (optional)

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Old 18 Apr 2012, 06:13 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"MummyChunk" <> wrote in message ...
> From AB
> Lexus Unveils All-New 2013 ES 350 and First-Ever ES 300h Hybrid at New
> York International Auto Show
> NEW YORK, April 4, 2012 – Lexus today unveiled the all-new 2013 ES
> lineup, including the ES 350 and ES 300h equipped with Lexus Hybrid
> Drive.

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I noticed that Lexus ramped up their ES commercials in the last month or so
big time. At this point, I wouldn't touch a 2012 ES because they'll
probably drop $1,000s in value when the 2013 model comes out. I guess Lexus
needs to clear out their lots to make room for the 2013s.

I wonder how many people who buy a 2012 ES in the next few months even know
that the next generation will be out before they get their first or second
oil change. Also, I never liked the current generation (I own a 2004 ES).
I'm guessing the 2013 will be a significant improvement.

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