Lexus' front-wheel-drive sedan, the ES, showed up at the 2012 New York auto show with a new look, larger interior dimensions, and a new hybrid version.
Lexus ES under glass
At the 2012 New York auto show, Lexus introduces the new ES model under a glass structure that looks like it was taken from outside the Louvre. This new ES comes amidst a complete model revamp from Lexus.
The rear styling looks to borrow a little bit from BMW. Lexus claims the new ES has better handling and more responsive steering than in previous versions. Toyota made similar improvements to the new Camry, which has many similarities to the ES.
Lexus did not have to work too hard to develop the hybrid powertrain for the ES 300h. The 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four cylinder with complementary electric drive system is similar to what's found in the new Camry hybrid. With this hybrid system, Lexus says the ES 300h gets 40 mpg. Like the Camry Hybrid, it should also be good for 200 horsepower.
With the same body as the ES 350, the ES 300h also boasts a large passenger compartment. Lexus has done a very good job of fitting its cars with hybrid systems that do not impinge significantly on trunk or cabin space.