Something interesting happened during a recent conversation we had with a well-connected auto industry executive. As our light-hearted conversation turned to General Motors, the exec said that Lexus’ upcoming ES luxury sedan will make the Buick LaCrosse “laughable” as a luxury vehicle. For the uninitiated, this is significant, as the ES is the LaCrosse’s most direct rival.
When pressed for details, we were told the following:
- The next-gen ES will be wider and longer than the current model, which is nearly seven inches shorter than the LaCrosse. In that regard, the Lexus will be catching up to the Buick. But…
- The next-gen ES will be the quietest car Lexus has ever made — something Buick’s Quiet Tuning won’t be able to “hold a candle to”. And then there was this…
- The next-gen ES will offer Hybrid Synergy Drive full-hybrid technology and achieve fuel economy in the high 40s on the highway and even better in the city. “The eAssist stuff won’t even come close”.
Just in case you’re wondering, the exec in question rolled up in a Buick LaCrosse. By this time, you may be wondering whether this person is an employee of The General or Toyota/Lexus. This is not the case.
The GM Authority Take
This could be everything… or it could be nothing. At the end of the day, it makes us wonder why GM still doesn’t have a full two-mode hybrid system to use in its passenger (read: non-SUV) vehicles, or why the Voltec powertrain has not made its way to more vehicles in the GM product stable. In our opinion, the Volt makes the Prius laughable; but that’s just us.
As far as we know, the next-gen ES will be a 2013 model. We can’t imagine you won’t have some thoughts to share about this.
PS: be sure to check out our video review of the LaCrosse right here.