In hindsight, it seems like a no-brainer. With eco- and image-conscious consumers willing to plunk down a sizeable chunk of change for something with a "Hybrid" badge, it was only a matter of time before Lexus brought forth a hybrid-only luxury car.

Automotive News Europe wasn't able to pry any details from Steve Settle, head of Lexus in the UK, so whether or not the new hybrid will be based off an existing platform is still open to debate – along with what name will be affixed to the boot.

Expect the new hybrid to be priced below the IS, making it the least expensive vehicle in the Lexus lineup, and look for it in dealers sometime in 2009.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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