The CT 200h proved that Lexus could make up for the sins against excitement committed by the company's short-lived HS 250h. Its bold styling and greatly improved handling combined with a fuel-efficient drivetrain suggests a brighter future for the compact luxury hybrid segment.

Word is, though, that Lexus is working on a sub-CT hybrid entrant. According to Malaysian automotive outlet Paultan, the diminutive luxury fuel-sipper will be based on the Toyota Prius C. The website has tentatively dubbed the model AS150, but it is here where we must advise that you take some of the report's details with grains of salt in varying sizes. If history provides us with context, any Lexus hybrid would include an "h" in the name, for example.

More believable, though, is the speculation that the powerplant would be a variation of the 1.5-liter Hybrid Synergy Drive module that powers the Prius C. Another alternative floated by Paultan is that an even smaller 1.2-liter turbocharged unit featuring direct injection could find its way into the subcompact's engine bay.


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      PM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Worst rumor ever, Lexus has publicly stated they will not go below the CT.
      Black Dynamite
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't wait up on this one...... BD
      AP1_S2K
      • 2 Years Ago
      i actually liked the IQ aston martin.... these vehicles make you question what is luxury
      kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      a lexus yaris. proof that lexus's are nothing more than rebadged toyotas (and for those of you who are clueless, the prius c is based on the yaris).
        MyerShift
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kyle
        People who are down voting you don't realize all the Lexus were marketed as Toyotas in Japan. First generation IS? Toyota Altezza.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Prius is still spawning? Somebody please make it stop.
      Moe Khan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear Lexus, Please stop. No one wants rebadged Toyotas anymore from you. You're the in the middle of being awesome for the first time since 1989. First you gave us the IS-F, then the LFA, and now the brilliant GS F-Sport. Rumor is, you might even build the gorgeous LF-LC. So please don't build another rebadged Toyota. Thanks, Lexus enthusiasts everywhere
        Tommy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Moe Khan
        They aren't... http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/23/lexus-marketing-boss-says-no-to-entry-level-models-wants-rx-f/
        MyerShift
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Moe Khan
        Did you just put "Lexus" and "enthusiast" in the same sentence?! O_o Rotf!
          Moe Khan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MyerShift
          Hey man, there are Yugo enthusiasts out there as well. DIfferent strokes.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Slap a fugly spindle grille on that sh*t and we're good to go.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
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      StephenT
      • 2 Years Ago
      CT is as small as Lexus needs to go. This would be a bad idea.
      Nigel Veeate
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is Toyota doing this???? Remember when Cadillac offered the Cimarron???? Remember that mistake??? Well, we're witnessing Toyota's version of the beginning of the end of Cadillac. Great job Toyota!!!
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gag me with a spoon. As if the HS want a big enough flop.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MyerShift
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      mylz
      • 2 Years Ago
      ROFL did they not learn with the rebadge corolla hybrid? keep it coming toyota/lexus your doing a great job producing your bland car. keep up the bland work! i am always excited to see lexus show new vehicles that look just like the toyota counterpart with new lights and grill and a nice hefty price hike...
        Tommy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mylz
        LOL you're an idiot... 1st, the Lexus HS was based on the Toyota Sai, not the Corolla. 2nd, Lexus marketing boss says "no" to anymore entry-level models http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/23/lexus-marketing-boss-says-no-to-entry-level-models-wants-rx-f/
          MyerShift
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tommy
          Ooh, because that makes it so much better since it wasn't Corolla based. Ha!
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