Lexus is offering five models powered by the Hybrid Synergy Drive. The latest addition, the ES 300h, debuted for 2013 as the first-ever ES hybrid.
The ES 300h cuts a striking figure, highlighted by the Lexus spindle grille dramatic L-themed LED daytime running lights and coupe-like profile. It achieves an EPA fuel economy ratings of 40 mpg city/39 mpg highway/40 mpg combined. The car’s shape also features a low 0.27 coefficient of drag (Cd), which helps reduce fuel consumption and minimize wind noise, according to the manufacturer.
The ES 300h model’s Hybrid Synergy Drive combines a 2.5L four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with an electric motor to generate 200 total system hp. Teamed to the system’s electronic continuously variable transmission, the powertrain can move the ES 300h from zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds.
The ES 300h features four driving modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV. In certain conditions, while in EV mode, the car can be driven short distances at reduced speed, using only the power from the hybrid battery pack, according to Lexus. Normal mode provides an ideal blend of performance and efficiency for everyday driving. Eco mode favors fuel economy, and Sport mode increases powertrain responsiveness for a more engaging driving experience.
For more information, visit www.lexus.com.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet