Lexus unveiled the all-new 2013 model year ES lineup, including the ES 350 and ES 300h equipped with Lexus Hybrid Drive, at the New York Auto Show on April 4.
Featuring a 2.5L four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, the 2013-MY ES 300h 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, according to the automaker.
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.