• Nov 11, 2008
Click above to enlarge the Lexus HS250h rendering

Lexus is set to invade the Detroit Auto Show in January with a duo of dedicated hybrid models. One of these machines will be a Lexus-ified version of Toyota's latest third-gen Prius, while the second model is still shrouded in mystery. A Japanese magazine known as Mag-X has rendered what they think the new Lexus hybrid sedan will look like, along with providing a few helpful hints on what we could expect to see underhood. The rumors suggest that the model will be badged the HS250h, which would normally indicate an engine displacing around 2.5-liters, but Lexus has a history of inflating the assumed displacement of its hybrid car's names, so we wonder if the Japanese mag got it right when they metnion a 2.4-liter engine.

Mag-X also suggests that the 2011 Camry hybrid will get a new Hybrid Synergy Drive system inherited from the new 2010 Prius. We're looking forward to a hybrid sedan face-off between the new Ford Fusion and the revised Camry. Early bets?

[Source: VW Vortex]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      But, Battery price is so expensive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So it's a Prius with leather and wheels larger than 13"?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So basicaly, Lexus is copying the Prius - just like Honda did.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except that Toyota owns Lexus, so you can hardly call it copying.
        • 6 Years Ago
        By the way, my brother thought that Lexus was once an American company (due to its listing under "US" in Gran Turismo 3 & 4) that was bought by Toyota at some point in its (Lexus's) lifetime.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Methinks there are too many "h's" in HS250h!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree it looks like a Civic. I also agree that hell if you just gussy up the next Prius some Lexus bling they'll have a winner. Prius was cool in the upper middle class and up neighborhoods but with more and more hybrids coming to market the rich want well a car for them. Let them eat hybrid cake!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay, you don't like "Jap Crap", so what do you prefer, the Germans, with their quality issues, or the American cars that are barely able to hold their heads above the water. Actually, I think you like the Chinese, they look like every other car from anywhere but China, and I don't know about their quality issues and financial status.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If ToyMoCo can convince rich folks to buy cars that lower their CAFE instead of raising it, that would be a coup.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So you're paying the Lexus premium for a decent looking interior *and* exterior. Might actually be worth the money...
        • 6 Years Ago
        well, better then a Prius design (also a 2.4L engine and around ~190hp with 40 mpg).
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it is as appealing as the IS250/350 then I might just have to trade in my current wheels. I like the idea of a hybrid but find all the current ones lacking.

      By that I mean, if I am going to give up something (namely performance) at least give me the comfort back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want valvematic & atkinson cycle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If this is based on the Camry hybrid as Autoblog says it will have both.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOOKS GOOD!

      GOD...the Camry looks even better the the current model which looks SEXY

      The Camry looks real good...been waiting for updates for it.

      If it looks good think im going to buy it...but the Lexus looks good also..it will have the design and build and luxury of a Lexus and the hybrid performance of the Pruis....sounds very good!!!

      Cant wait to see the final design of both!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks more honda civic/city than lexus
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