Backed by the introduction of a crisper, more noticeable design language, Lexus is clearly committed to adding a little flair to its premium lineup, and that’s even the case with its entry-level offerings like the 2013 Lexus ES 350. The sixth-generation model of the sedan wears the brand’s dynamic “spindle” grille and some subtle-yet-effective design work at the rear, and—as discovered at a recent press gathering for the car’s launch—is expected to deliver “segment-leading value” when it goes on sale in mid-August. (With exact pricing info to be released between now and then.)
Also among the deliverables: The first hybrid powertrain ever offered in the ES family. Helping motivate the new 2013 Lexus ES 300h, the setup should provide 39 mpg in combined driving and could be an important advantage for a vehicle that plays in one of the most competitive classes of the industry.
What else is new for the all-new ES? Here’s a quick look: