The car in the image above may bear a striking resemblance to the 2013 Lexus GS, but take a second look – that's actually the next-generation ES, despite its shockingly similar appearance. It's no secret that Lexus' new hourglass grille is quickly spreading across its entire model range (check out the recently unveiled 2013 LX 570 for reference), and while the ES looks fashionably familiar, there are a few new touches to note.

Underneath the headlamps we can clearly see a row of LED running lights, similar to what's found on the GS... and IS... and CT. Around back, there's a similar resemblance to the larger GS, though the lines are a bit more sedate – a good thing, as the ES shopper tends to be a little more conservative than folks opting for the rear-wheel-drive GS. Chinese site Autohome got its hands on some interior photos, too, and – surprise, surprise – there's a whole lot of GS in the reworked cabin as well, with a two-tiered dash featuring large navigation/infotainment screen up top.

The car Autohome caught is the ES 250 model, which suggests that Lexus' 2.5-liter V6 is underhood – the same engine available in the GS 250 in other markets. Here in the United States, the ES will still likely be available with the automaker's 3.5-liter V6, though earlier reports have suggested that a new hybrid model could also be in the cards.


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      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hear the panoramic roof may be standard. This has the power rear sunshade....... Goes on sale this Summer BD
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      No, the ES 250 will most likely have the 2.5L 4-cylinder from the new Camry/Camry Hybrid. Fuel efficiency is key now...
      breAshley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this looks pretty darn good. The only issue I have with it is that its similarity to the GS blurs the line between the two. I'll have to see full shots of both, but at present it's somewhat difficult to identify which would be the more up-market competitor.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The aggressive hour-glass grille works on the evil sport model. Doesn't work so well in the chrome regular verison.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      found a rear end shot http://www.clublexus.com/forums/attachments/car-chat/237143d1329846585-lexus-and-toyota-s-newest-registered-trademarks-es-300h-and-hsd-es4.jpg
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least the angles of the headlights and the grille surround are compatible on this ES, they're not fighting anymore. That being said, it seems that the grille really isn't much different, they've just added a bit of trim below the bumper in the opposite direction. It works better here than on the GS.
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Lexus LS for the middle executive....... BD
      Christna
      • 2 Years Ago
      Apparently autoblog does not know about the 2.5L, 4 cylinder from the Camry, which makes more sense for a market like China.
      Charles Houghton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does that crane in the back say ferrari?
      • 2 Years Ago
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        adam1keith1980
        • 2 Years Ago
        I don't understand how Lexus is comparing the ES to the LaCrosse. At the dealership close to my house, there are six 2011 models left over, and they are discounted by more than $10,000 before negotiation. I guess no one likes a tall and narrow 4-door Bentley Continental knock-off. (However, I wonder why would anyone buy a Saab without warranty over the LaCrosse.)
          BlackDynamiteOn
          • 2 Years Ago
          @adam1keith1980
          Lexus isn't the one comparing their cars to Buicks..... BD
          tvelt92
          • 2 Years Ago
          @adam1keith1980
          Sorry, but I have a hard time believing that Lexus would discount any of their new vehicles by more than 30% of it's list price. The ES is selling well enough without the need for any incentives. Also, why would you claim that the ES was a "Bentley Knock-off"? That's just absurd. Just goes to show you have no idea what you are talking about.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @adam1keith1980
          @ tvelt92 Lexus isn't. That was a BS post.
        MANARC100
        • 2 Years Ago
        I somewhat agree though i would not consider purchasing either. This car looks more like a substantial refresh than ALL NEW same with "all new" Camry. It is certainly less vanilla than previous versions but i wouldn’t call it ground breaking. Its not going to put the industry or segment on notice...but should remain competitive
      Banf_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a disaster.
      mad-chi-town
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd still take the Buick LaCrosse
        DriverDan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mad-chi-town
        In terms of style, absolutely. LaCrosse has an original style, and this, it's just another Japanese blandmobile. It says, "I've arrived... For my annual prostate exam."
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DriverDan
          @ DriverDan Says the guy who thinks this is a rebadged Honda.
          Antonio Bailey™
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DriverDan
          Says grandpa who probably drives a Pontiac Aztek.
        AJ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mad-chi-town
        It would be interesting to see how well the Buick compares
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