According to Top Gear
plans to debut a new hatchback at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show
that will be available exclusively as a hybrid
. The new car
would be related to the HS 250h
, albeit designed specifically for European markets, and would reportedly be a bit shorter than its American platform-mate to fit in premium subcompact segment that's popular across the pond and currently full of 4-cylinder diesels
. Andy Pfeiffenberger, Lexus chief in Europe, explains:
"Our hybrid saloons are going up against the V8 diesels in Europe. In the future we need to compete against the four-cylinder diesels. So we will enter new sectors with low-displacement hybrids. The C-premium [i.e. Audi A3] segment is the fastest growing segment and we must be in it."
According to TG
, the hatch is likely to go on sale in late 2010 and be priced below the IS diesel.