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The relationship between Lexus and its hybrid-only line has been speculated about for some time. The high-end Toyota brand has now confirmed that the HS250h, the first dedicated hybrid Lexus model, will be shown at the Detroit Auto Show in concept form. We've seen a rendering (above) of what this vehicle might look like, but we'll most likely have to wait until the Lexus press conference to see the real deal. The Lexus website is nothing but a tease at this point.
As for when the HS250h might hit sales floors, Paul Tan says it'll be in North American showrooms in about a year. The car should have a 2.4 liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine and probably the same hybrid setup as the Toyota Camry hybrid. Car and Driver estimates the HS250h will get somewhere around 40 mpg.
[Source: Car and Driver, Paul Tan]