• Jul 24, 2009
As previously reported, Lexus will unveil a new concept at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show that aims to compete with the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series in Europe.

The new model – rumored to carry either the "BS" or "CS" nameplate – won't be built atop the Lexus HS250h's architecture, but it will utilize the gas-electric hybrid's 2.4-liter four-cylinder to deliver around 185 hp to the front wheels.

Although the model we'll see in Frankfurt is technically a concept, according to Lexus insiders, it will be "a 90% match for the real thing" which will debut in production form at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with sales beginning in Europe in the fall of 2010.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, it won't be called either BS nor CS, but CT 200h. For more:
      http://my.is/forums/f41/lexus-c-premium-upmarket-small-car-gets-name-ct-200h-394367/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda called, they want their previous gen Civic Hatchback back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it ... looks good and should succeed as an entry level model.

      Apart that, i believe Lexus is really starting to mature as one of the finest engineered luxury / prestige automotive brands that can be found anywhere in the world today with the IS, ES, GS, LS and RX series all being successful models.

      If i had a choice, the IS-F would undoubtedly be my pick while i certainly anticipate the upcoming LF-A.

      On another level, i reserve little doubt the HS250h will succeed at it's intended purpose while i believe a new GX is about to be released powered by the new 4.6 V8 replacing the previous generation 4.7 v8

      Oh yeah, and before i forget ... consistantly ranking No.1 in numerous Quality / Customer Satisfaction Surveys throughout the world including the North American and European markets simply doesn't happen by mistake - remarkable achievements

      Keep up the good work Lexus ... !!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make mine a 2 door, lose the sweaty leather and gawdy lumber interior, and I'll buy.

      • 5 Years Ago
      But not to Canada? I see plenty of Audi A3s and Mercedes B200s around where I live! I know the BMW 1 series sells poorly in Canada, but that's because they only sell the coupe version, not the hatchback.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why doesn't the rear door have a handle
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's just for show.

        It's actually a two-seater. However, you can tell your insurance company that it has four doors.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you look closely, it's because the artist has put the rear door handle above closer to the window and C-pillar (in that black area) to give it a more "coupe-like" appearance.
        I know there's some car on the road now designed this way but can't remember which... I hope the real thing doesn't follow that design style.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is going to be another bland fat pig from lexus with no performance potential what so ever. In order to be a 1 series competitor it has to perform well, which lexus consistently does NOT do. It'll be loaded with electronic babysitters and nannies like every yota, and it'll weight a good 500lbs over the competition.

      Someone has to tell Toyota that just because they're still selling cars, doesn't mean they should produce garbage...But it is Toyota after all.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love it.

      Wonder if it would have the 3.5 from the IS350...sweet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Nope, the HS looks better then this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Of course you like it. You cream your pants every time these mom carriers pop-up on here. Classic fanboyism.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @ Motor_Yakuza,

        Umm... Mark Stehrenberger is not Toyota / Lexus designer, so you can't really use his rendering as any sort of basis to judge what this, or any other vehicles he illustrates, will look like in the end...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        the 3.5 would cause this understeering fwd hybrid based "1 series competator" would understeer is wheels off
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        I think so far the 2GR-FSE has only seen longitudinal applications. Besides, a 380lb, 315HP V6 in a front-drive hatchback doesn't seem like a great idea. If you read the article, it said they'd use the 2.4L I4.

        While I can appreciate this car's potential to compete with the FWD A3s, I don't see how it competes with the 1-series. (of course, the 1-series really just competes with the 3-series.)

        Oh, it's a Euro-only model. Then I don't care.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Big yawn. So, it's an A3 competitor w/o AWD, and a 1-Series competitor w/o RWD. Pass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BS and FU were the two letter combos I would never expect an automaker to use in an car's name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I highly doubt Lexus' marketing department is going to go with BS since presumably they do some sort of research on naming lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, there's the Brilliance BS4..
        • 5 Years Ago
        @BlackEmblem

        That one deserves to have "BS" in its name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's probably going to be "CT"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like all other Lexus cars it's safe to assume it'll be staid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "BS" is well, ...you know, while "CS" is probably too close to BMW's eponymous concept vehicle.
      That rendering looks really nice and I hope it sees the light of day (as an RWD vehicle). I predict something like "JS".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the astra.

      DATED!
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