Lexus’ new 2013 ES 300h will be arriving at dealerships this August but Toyota has confirmed that this won’t be a "replacement" for the poor-selling Lexus HS 250h hybrid, which was discontinued in January 2012. In response to Inside Line’s query, Lexus said that it is continuing to monitor product sales and making adjustments to ensure that the company meets the demands of the market.
Lexus clarified that ending the HS’s run was a part of that adjustment and that the HS isn’t being replaced with the ES 300h. Lexus explained that this move is simply one aspect of the hybridization of many of its current vehicles in the Toyota and Lexus lineups. Sales of the Lexus HS 250h fell 73% in 2011 to just 2,864 units.
In comparison, it sold 10,663 units in 2010. The 2012 HS 250h has a starting price of $37,905 (inclusive of shipping costs). Pricing of the 2013 ES 300h has yet to be unveiled. The HS 250h was powered by a 147hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. Powering the new ES 300h is a slightly bigger 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. However, it is likely to offer better EPA fuel-economy figures than the HS 250h.