The first generation Lexus ES has been unveiled in 1989 and 2013 model year marks both the introduction of the sixth generation, but also the first-ever hybrid model of the line-up: the ES 300h. As expected, the 2013 ES gets a take on the new Lexus spindle grille and front fascia first seen on the updated GS.
The bold new look includes larger headlights that incorporate L-shaped LED daytime running lamps along the lower edge. The side profile isn't particularly groundbreaking, although the hair-thin door panel gaps demonstrate the impressive build quality that's become a Lexus hallmark. Taillights also mimic the new GS, while the lower bumper is much more visually interesting compared to the previous model thanks to the subtle L-finesse design cues.
The ES gets the new Lexus spindle grille treatment and a 1.8-inch longer wheelbase, but changes to the sheetmetal aren't as dramatic as the upgraded cabin. The instrument panel now resembles the one in the GS, with a horizontal treatment and a big LCD screen, along with the love/hate Lexus Remote Touch Interface controller snuggling next to the gearshift in the center console. New seats boast a leather-alternative NuLuxe covering, although real hide is also available, along with premium semi-aniline leather. Somehow, Lexus has even managed to find an extra four inches of legroom up front.