Lexus has trademarked the ES 250 nameplate in the USA, suggesting a new engine option may be coming to North America.
Powered by the 2.5L 4-cylinder A25A-FKS engine found in the Toyota Camry and RAV4, the ES 250 is already available in markets around the world. In the Camry, the engine is mated to a 8-speed transmission and generates 206 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft of torque.
According to the website Kaizen Factor, the ES 250 trademark was filed under U.S. serial number 88521527 on July 18, 2019. This is no guarantee that the model will arrive in dealerships any time soon, but adding a new engine option to the brand’s best selling car feels like a smart move.
(An interesting aside — in China, this engine is sold as the ES 260 because the number 250 is used as an insult.)