The all-new 2013 Lexus ES has taken the stage at the New York Auto Show. Designed to combat the likes of the Buick LaCrosse, the new ES sedan comes to the fight with improved styling, comfort and performance.
Compared to the old Lexus ES, the new ES has a wheelbase that’s 1.8-inch longer, with overall length increasing by 1.0-inch. Despite the increase in size, Lexus says weight has been reduced by 90 pounds.
Adopting Lexus’s latest design language, as first seen on the Lexus GS sedan, the new ES looks notably more youthful than its predecessor. The love-it-or-hate-it spindle grille makes an unapologetic appearance, but blends well with the car’s overall design. Likely done on purpose, Lexus has designed the latest ES to look like a smaller GS, a trend that has become prevalent in the luxury car segment. The new model rides on standard 17-inch wheels, but 18-inch wheels are optional.
Inside, greater emphasis has been placed on space and comfort. The steering wheel angle has been reduced, while rear legroom and knee room have been increased by 0.6 inches and 2.8 inches, respectively. The addition of more sound deadening materials helps ensure a quieter ride. Design-wise, the cockpit is reminiscent of the one found in the larger GS. The massive center-mounted screen and analog clock, among other design and technical features, make an appearance.
Sharing platforms with the Toyota Camry, the new Lexus ES borrows all of family sedan’s powertrains. The 2013 ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a six-speed automatic, likely producing 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The 2013 ES 300h is propelled by a 2.5-liter I-4 that works in conjunction with an electric motor and a CVT to produce a combined 200-HP, all the while delivering an estimated 40 mpg combined in EPA tests.
“This is no longer JUST an entry luxury car! This ES is SO good…it can go toe-to-toe with cars in more expensive segments…like the Mercedes Benz E Class. That’s how confident we are in this car!,” said Mark Templin, said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager.
North American sales of the all-new 2013 Lexus ES sedan begin later this year.