• Dec 20, 2010
2010 Lexus ES 350 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Toyota Camry-based Lexus ES isn't exactly the most exciting product in the automaker's range. The entry-level luxury front-driver just received a slight refresh for the 2010 model year, but based on a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office discovered by Car and Driver, an electrified ES hybrid may be in the cards for the sedan's next generation.

Like the rest of Lexus' hybrids, the numerical part of the 'ES 300h' nomenclature doesn't really hold any sort of significance in terms of engine displacement. We'd hardly be surprised to find the Camry Hybrid's 2.4-liter mill under the Lexus' hood, though we won't rule out the possibility that output numbers could be tweaked for use in the ES 300h.

The move to hybrid-ify the ES sedan makes sense, as Lexus has long said that it wants to broaden its gasoline-electric offerings. The automaker currently has the CT 200h, HS 250h, GS 450h, RX 450h and LS 600h L, but adding a sixth hybrid car would further strengthen the brand's appeal to eco-minded luxury customers. Thanks to everyone for the tips!



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[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      er, 30mpg *city*.

      Lexus ES figures are 19 city, 27 highway, btw.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Obviously the respond to the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, but in the case of the MKZ, the price is the same ass the V6 version of its own vehicle, so it'll be interesting to see how Lexus prices this out. I figure the HS250h isn't setting any sales goals ablaze, and the CT doesn't look like it'll sell very much, they must figure lets try this more common formula.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Their response to MKZ Hybrid?
      • 4 Years Ago
      O.K Lexus enough already! Your going overboard by producing too many dull Hybrid and compact models! Time to start concentrating on what you do best, which is building luxury cars and SUV's with style and and panache. If Lexus doesn't wise up soon, they will eventually go down the path similar to Acura.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now GM needs to make a LaCrosse Hybrid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's practically guaranteed to have more output than the normal 2.4L+hybrid setup on the HS250h and Camry Hybrid; otherwise the patent filing would have read "ES250h" rather than "ES300h," per Lexus' usual naming convention.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boring...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm surprised it took them this long considering it is their best selling car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just can't stand *any* of Lexus' front ends lately. They just look distorted.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a solid daily driver, and it doesn't look bad at all. I actually think it looks way better then the MKZ, especially with the glass roof.
        • 4 Years Ago
        IMO, this car may as well be Hybrid-only...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doesn't the camry hybrid already not get that great mileage with the tech it has? This would probably be worse with the extra weight
      • 4 Years Ago
      OOPS........... Brakes! Still crap!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought this would have been a good idea 3 years ago, still better late than never I guess
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm guessing this won't be out until about a year after the next Camry comes out. And it'll probably use an updated powertrain too, I'm guessing that the hybrid powertrain will go to the 2.5L mill as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      are you kidding me? that's the best looking ES model ever. if you called it the hyundai sonata, some of the fanboys here would go crazy
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