NEW YORK – Lexus unveiled the all-new 2013 ES lineup, including the ES 350 and ES 300h equipped with Lexus Hybrid Drive, at the New York Auto Show on April 4.
For the first time, the Lexus ES will be available with Lexus Hybrid Drive. Featuring a 2.5L 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, 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.
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