Lexus pulled the veil off its new ES today at the New York International Auto Show. There will be two models offered, the ES 350 and ES 300h. The ES 350 is powered by a gasoline 3.5-liter V6 engine with Dual VVT-i that produces 268 bhp. It comes mated to Lexus’ electronically controlled transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) that’s been designed to deliver good performance, smoother shifts and improved fuel efficiency through use of low friction materials. The ES 300h is a hybrid version of the sedan that features a new low-friction VVT-i-equipped 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson-cycle engine that utilizes a sophisticated power management system and has a 12.5:1 compression ratio. This engine, combined with a beltless electric motor, is designed to improve fuel economy and durability, and a near zero evaporative fuel system helps reduce emissions. Power will be 200 hp combined. The ES 300h hybrid offers four driving modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV, the last allowing short drives at reduced speed, using only the power from the hybrid battery pack. Normal mode provides a blend of performance and efficiency that is suited to everyday driving, while Eco mode favors fuel economy. Sport mode increases performance and responsiveness. Lexus says the ES 300h will get 39/40 mpg city/highway.
The new ES ought to handle better than its predecessor, thanks to suspension and steering changes and a stiffer body. Opposite-wound coil springs on the front suspension enhance straight-line stability, while revised rear suspension geometry and improved shock absorber damping characteristics enhance ride comfort. A reduction in the steering gear ratio delivers better steering feel. Increased body rigidity is achieved through lightweight, high tensile strength steel, added bracing and additional spot welds. Despite the car’s larger size, the weight of the new ES is reduced by almost 90 pounds.
The ES will be equipped with standard 215/55R-17 low rolling resistance tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, and for the first time, available 18-inch high-gloss alloy wheels.
The car’s exterior design adopts the new Lexus signature “spindle” grille, making it look remarkably similar to the new GS sedan, but this isn’t a bad thing. The new ES features a lower, progressive profile and clean, continuous styling lines from front to rear. The wheelbase of the new ES has been lengthened by 1.8 inches, while the overall length of the vehicle has grown by just one inch, resulting in a more spacious interior. Look for the new ES to reach dealer showrooms in August of this year.
It's no secret that Lexus is a division of Toyota and that many of its vehicles are based on more plebian Toyota products. So it stands to reason that when a new Toyota model bows, its Lexus equivalent will soon follow suit. Such is the case with the new ES 350. Based on the new Toyota Camry introduced last year, the all-new 2013 ES builds on this proven platform with oodles of luxury features and the refinement you'd expect from a Lexus. Now in its sixth generation, the new ES features edgier styling outside and standard NuLuxe synthetic leather inside. The real stuff is also available, as are a number of luxury option packages. Feeling green? Then go for the new Lexus ES 300h hybrid, for an EPA estimated 40 mpg city/39 mpg highway.
The X1 is BMW's newest Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) - a fresh interpretation of form meets function in the premium compact segment that blends unique styling, responsive driving dynamics and adaptable interior space.
The X1 is available with two different engines, the X1 sDrive28i (rear-wheel drive) and xDrive28i (all-wheel drive) are powered by a 240-hp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and auto start/stop; while the xDrive35i gets a 300-hp 3.0-litre inline-six cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic. Standard features on the X1 include 17-inch aluminum wheels (18-inch on 35i), fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and USB audio integration. Safety-related features include a rollover sensor, anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, anti-whiplash front head restraints, six airbags and a tire pressure monitor; rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are also available.
The Audi SQ5 is the sport-refined version of the luxurious Q5, boasting more power, and exclusive design details.
The quattro all-wheel drive SQ5 is powered by a 354-hp 3.0-liter supercharged six-cylinder engine, bolted to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with shift paddles. Standard features includes sports seats with leather/alcantara seating, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, LED daytime running lights, Advanced Key passive entry/start, satellite radio, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, Audi Music Interface with iPod integration, a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels with performance tires, alu-optic exterior mirrors, and aluminum interior trim. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control, five seatbelt pretensioners and six airbags.
The Quattroporte is Maserati's flagship luxury performance sedan.
The 2012 Quattroporte is available in S and Sport GT S trims. The S trim's 4.7-liter V8 puts out 425 horsepower and the Sport GT S' 4.7-liter V8 produces 433 horsepower. Each engine is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic transmission. An electronically-controlled Skyhook suspension, standard on the S and optional on the Sport GT S, automatically adjusts to the conditions of the road. Standard features include Brembo brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels, directionally-adaptive bi-xenon headlights, heated leather power seats with memory, automatic dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and a Bose sound system with hard drive and navigation system. The Sport GTS S features a unique grille and bumpers, lowered sport suspension, MC-Auto Shift software package for racing-style control of gear changes, Alcantara trim on the seats and throughout the interior, and TitanTex (an aluminium-coated titanium fibre fabric) interior trim. Heating, ventilation and massage functions are optional for front and rear seats. A wide variety of alloy wheels, brake caliper colors, and leather and wood trims are available.
The Maserati Quattroporte is carried over for 2013. Front parking sensors are now standard equipment.