• Dec 23, 2008


Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe informed us at least year's Detroit Auto Show that his company would be bringing two new hybrids to this year's show in D-town. The first is the much anticipated next-gen Prius and the second is the first dedicated hybrid model for Lexus. This week the Japanese luxury automaker made it official with a page on its consumer website heralding the debut of the Lexus HS 250h on January 11, smack dab in the middle of press days for the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

Not much else is known about the vehicle, other than that it will be available to buy in the Fall of 2009. We suspect the HS 250h will be a Lexus-badged version of the Prius in much the same way that the ES350 is a version of the Toyota Camry. Thus, the HS 250h will also use the same next-gen Hybrid Synergy drivetrain that will debut in the new Prius, both sporting nickel-metal hydride battery packs for the time being until development work on advanced lithium-ion packs is completed. Stay tuned for more info on these two hybrid models from Toyota and Lexus as the 2009 Detroit Auto Show draws ever closer. Thanks for the tip, DJ Pearce!

[Source: Lexus]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I heard that Toyota only makes at most $100 for every Prius they sell. Hmmm...why can't GM...errr...ummmm...Toyota be more profitable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Unlike GM, Toyota / Lexus and Honda hybrid vehicles have proven beyond doubt to be impeccably reliable, dependable and durable for everyday commuting. Basically - they have rightfully established themselves a good, solid reputation and it is well deserved.

      On the otherhand, GM hybrids have been less then favourable with ongoing reliability issues and lets not forget a recall remains in place because of leaking batteries that completely shuts down the hybrid system rendering the gas / petrol engine as operable only. Well done GM ... couldn't make a reliable hybrid system if you tried.

      As for the Volt - it is nothing more then hype as it doesn't even have a single kilometer of use in the hands of a paying customer so until proven otherwise - it remains yet another dodgy hopeful from GM ...PERIOD !!

      As for Ford, the technology they received just to enter the hybrid era before they got completely left behind is fact purchased dated Toyota technology while Nissan's first attempt (Altima Hybrid) also uses a dated Toyota hybrid system mated to a Nissan 2.5 4cyl.

      There is absolutely no dening that Toyota / Lexus and Honda hybrid technology are by bar the most proven in the world and they have a decade of global reliability, dependability and durability to prove it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that if I have $40,000 to spend on my next car (I wish) and I was going to get a hybrid... would I spend $40k on a Chevy Volt or a Lexus HS 250 (Prius)?

      I think many would feel better about 40 large on a Lexus than a Chevy... nothing against the good folks at Chevy/GM
      • 6 Years Ago
      I suppose we will have two extremely ugly cars built by Toyota now. The Prius and this HS250h...

      Too many H's too....
      • 6 Years Ago
      The thing is...

      Didn't Toyota say they /weren't/ going to do this?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "All warfare is based on deception"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I read HS250h as "Hybrid Sedan 2.5L Hybrid"

      Will it have a 2.5L from the IS250? or will it have the 1.8L that Prius is getting?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lexus reports the displacement in hybrid model numbers as higher than it actually is, because of the power boost from the electric motor.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bhtooefr is correct.

        From what I recall Lexus actually gives it number based on what the performance would be comparable to if it were just a gas engine and not a hybrid.

        For instance, the Rx400h is equivalent to what the performance would be like if the RX had a 4.0L engine instead of the 3.3L + electric motor. The GS450h is equivalent to having a 4.5L engine rather than the 3.5L + elec. motor. The LS600h is comparable to what it would be like if the car had a 6.0L engine instead of the 5.0L V-8.

        The 110hp combined that the Prius has doesn't sound like a very healthy output for a 2.5L, so we might be in for a slight surprise when this rolls out. It may not come equipped with the Prius's 1.5L.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope they keep to their nomenclature, unlike BMW, and it does have a 2.5L. I don't think Lexus drivers would tolerate anemic acceleration a la Prius.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hopefully an atkinson cycle 3zr-fae
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_ZR_engine
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      i think it will be a spin-off of the venza. and as always, lets pray it looks good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        No it's a spin-off of the Prius.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Lexus HS250h: so damn hybridy, we gave it two 'H's. Prepare for the smug.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think we can be prepared enough for the smugness.
        • 6 Years Ago
        perhaps it should receive a warning label [Warning, those not holding graduate degrees in the arts should proceed with caution] or [Caution- Driving this vehicle outside of Ann Arbor does NOT entitle you to rights different from conventional modes of travel]
      • 6 Years Ago
      I definitely think there are too many H's as well, but I suppose it has to keep in line with Lexus' hybrid designation for the other models. Still, it could have been something other than HS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My use of the word "uneducated" refers to Lexus customers' knowledge
      about cars. The fact that this went over your head leads this college student to believe your the one sitting on a GED.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LM - It is just so easy, please stop. I feel bad for the guy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        YOU'RE!
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW... that is so crooked! Couldn't they have taken more time on that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uhh that's pretty obviously just a photoshop because Lexus hasn't revealed the actual logo yet. The H isn't even in the correct font man...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is, imho what toyota's plan is:

      Make the prius purposely ugly.

      Make the hs250 much better looking.

      A lot of people that buy prii can afford much nicer cars. They've made the 2010 prius so hideous that only people that can't afford the lexus version will buy it.

      I know I couldn't stomach that thing.
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