Lexus Trademark App Hints at Electric ES Sedans


lexus trademark app hints at electric es sedans

The venerable Lexus ES could soon get a significant electric overhaul. AutoGuide found trademark filings that reveal the brand’s plans for “e”-branded ES models, though it appears Lexus remains to be committed to hybrids with the ES350h name.

This doesn’t mean that Lexus is giving up on gas, so we’ll likely still see the internal combustion-powered ES250 and ES350 alongside the hybrid ES300h and ES 350h. The ES350e and ES500e are new names, suggesting two new electric models to join the Lexus RZ. Additionally, this could indicate an electric Camry is in our future, as the two share some underlying components and engineering.

As AutoGuide pointed out, the ES500e would likely form the top end of the ES electric lineup. Expect powerful drivetrain options, a top-notch interior, and range-topping pricing. That said, Toyota and Lexus haven’t been the most aggressive with EV sales and development, as both currently only offer one model in the United States.

The ES is a nice car that wholeheartedly embodies the Lexus luxury over-everything ethos, but it’s probably best to temper expectations about a new EV. The RZ and related Toyota bZ4X feel like compliance models without many compelling features to differentiate them from the deepening sea of electric models. That said, a “normal-looking” electric ES could be exactly what the brand needs to convince buyers of its ability to compete with Korean and European automakers.

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