Rumors: Spy Shots—2013 Lexus ES
By Doran Dal Pra
February 01, 2012
The spy photographers over at Left Lane News
recently snapped photos of what appears to be the upcoming 2013 Lexus ES, the luxury brand's mid-level sedan. One of the most unique features spotted on this heavily camouflaged prototype is the appearance of a hybrid powertrain. An interior shot of the gauge cluster showed potential signs of electrification, which is significant because a hybrid option has not appeared on the ES before. As emission and economy standards increase, we're likely to see more and more upscale vehicles like the ES receive the hybrid treatment.
The sister car to the ES, the Toyota Camry, is available in a hybrid flavor, so it's possible that the ES would receive the Hybrid Camry's powertrain—a 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor, good for a combined 200 horsepower. Fuel economy in a hybrid ES would likely be in the same ballpark as the Camry's 43 miles per gallon city and 39 mpg highway.
No word yet on when the 2013 Lexus ES will bow, but upcoming auto shows like Chicago or New York might be just the place.
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