Lexus HS 250h: The 'Luxury' Prius
By Jay Williams - 14/January/2008
Lexus HS 250h
The new Lexus HS 250h is driven by a
2.4-litre 4-cylinder hybrid power core
Lexus has a knack for crafting high tech,
but highly intuitive and usable interiors
The "luxury Prius" has arrived: Lexus HS 250h
Detroit, America —
Featuring the same hybrid set up as the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Lexus
has introduced a new model - the world’s first
dedicated luxury hybrid vehicle.
The 2010 model Lexus HS 250h sedan made it's
debut at the Detroit Motor show, cementing the Japanese car makers image as a hybrid specialist.
With a fair bit of grunt, the Lexus HS 250h sedan produces 139kW
from it's 2.4-litre, 4-cylinder gasoline engine and comes with a CVT
that delivers that power to the front wheels.
Lexus has gone to
great lengths to achieve reduced emissions and
better fuel-efficiency in this new mid-sizer, and one of the first
stops in this pursuit was to clean up the aerodynamics of
The idea is to reduce drag and thus improve overall fuel efficiency.
But how? Take, for
instance, the unique gull-wing-shaped roof-panel design. It's supposed to help reduce
mass and overall vehicle height so it better slices through the air.
The front spoiler, rear spoiler,
rear under spoiler, and diffuser fins all help reduce drag as well.
The Lexus HS 250h sedan will be the fourth hybrid and the
most fuel-efficient vehicle in its lineup: Lexus reckons the new model will
be 30 per cent more fuel-efficient than any model currently in its
This is in stark contrast to the likes of
the 311 kilowatts V8-powered IS-F or the upcoming V10 supercar which aren't
exactly your tree hugging, muesli-munching kind of cars.
First glance at the 2010 model Lexus HS 250h and it's not hard to see the
correlation between Lexus and Toyota. Take a look at the front end of the
HS 250h and compare it with the Toyota Prius - it's pretty similar.
That was the idea, to create a 'luxury' version of the Prius with a bit more power.
Out of all the Hybrid cars on the market, the Lexus HS 250h
seems to be one of the more attractive models in terms of styling, and
the interior looks super slick with more gadgets than a 007 sports
It also gets the new Lexus touch-pad thingy that navigates the menu systems.
Lexus stated that "Like the all-new 2010 RX 450h hybrid utility vehicle that made
its debut in November, the HS 250h will include a new system designed
to improve efficiency."
And what is that system? It's a new exhaust heat recovery system that "reduces
engine warm-up time, thus allowing it to stop earlier, more often,
and for longer periods," explained Lexus.
new vehicle looks as though it'll be a high tech luxury car too, with
things like a windshield with infrared-ray (IR) reduction
properties, which helps keep the interior cooler and can decrease the
amount of air conditioning needed to lower
the cabin temperature.
Guess that means no window tinting...
"In addition to the exhaust heat recovery
system and the IR windshield, available power-saving LED headlamps
also contribute to improved fuel efficiency and emissions," the Toyota-owned Japanese luxury car maker explained.
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