NEW YORK -- Lexus introduced the redesigned 2013 ES 350 and ES 300h hybrid sedans today, comparing the ES favorably in size, engine and equipment to the more expensive Mercedes-Benz E class.
The two vehicles will launch in August.
The redesigned ES sedan is based on the Toyota Camry's platform and uses much of its underpinnings and powertrain., But it has the same length, wheelbase and engine displacement as the Mercedes E class, said Mark Templin, Lexus Division general manager.
The ES is Lexus' top-selling car, with U.S. sales of 40,873 in 2011, down 16 percent.
Lexus said the redesigned ES has increased body rigidity and more precise handling. It will be powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Its wheelbase has grown by almost 2 inches, which has increased rear legroom.