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Guilt-free executive Lexus. Image by Lexus.

Guilt-free executive Lexus
Lexus unveils the HS 250h in Detroit: a standalone hybrid executive saloon; a luxury Prius, if you will.
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What would happen if Toyota donated the innards of the Camry Hybrid saloon to its luxury arm, Lexus? Well, this would: the HS 250h.

Rather than simply 'hybridising' the existing IS saloon, Lexus has seen fit to create a unique model in order to set apart the HS as the discerning choice for middle managers with a conscience. Due to go on sale in America at the end of this year - before reaching Europe in 2010 - the HS 250h sits between the IS and the GS model ranges, for those who either don't want or can't afford the new RX hybrid SUV.

Powered by a 2.4-litre VVT-i - Lexus's first ever four-cylinder engine - mated to the Lexus hybrid drive system found in the RX, the HS 250h generates 187bhp and debuts some impressive efficiency-improving measures.

For a start, over 30 percent of the interior is made of plant-based 'ecological plastic' - a low carbon, organic material, which Lexus claims reduces the HS 250h's total CO2 output by 20 percent from birth to scrap. It also has a system that reclaims heat from the exhaust as energy to reduce engine warm-up time and improve fuel economy.

A myriad of other efficiency tweaks - like engine start/stop, aerodynamic improvements, an infrared-ray reducing windshield (which stops the air-conditioning from working as hard to cool the cabin, reducing fuel consumption) and lights that use less energy - all combine to make this 30 percent more efficient than any other Lexus - according to the maker. It's not short on kit either, but you probably guessed that. Here's some video:



Mark Nichol - 11 Jan 2009

Earlier articles featuring 2009 Lexus HS 250h

2009-01-11: All-new Lexus hybrid-only model


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