2013 Lexus ES 350 and 300h fuel-economy, performance figures announced

Lexus has just released the performance figures and fuel-economy ratings for its upcoming 2013 ES 350 and ES 300h models.

“Since its introduction in 1989, the ES has been the benchmark luxury sedan for quality, reliability, ride comfort and value,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The new ES 350 and the first ever ES hybrid raise the bar once again.”

Starting with the ES 350, the model is rated at 21mpg in the city and 31mpg on the highway, with a combined rating of 24 mpg, an improvement over the current generation’s 19mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.

The model gets 268-hp at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm from its 3.5-liter V6 engine. This allows for a 0-60mph time of 7.1 seconds, with a 15.1 second quarter mile run. Top speeds reach 130 mph before governed. Coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission, power is transferred to the front wheels.

As for the 2012 ES 300h, the first hybrid variant of its series, Lexus is anticipating an EPA rating of 39 mpg combined, which breaks down to 39 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

The ES 300h’s 0-60mph time comes in at 8.1 seconds, with a 16.8 second quarter mile time, and a top speed of 112mph.

In addition to these figures, new images have been released by Lexus of the upcoming model, although pricing is still undisclosed.

– By: Alexandra Koken