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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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