Lexus confirms Prius-based Hybrid (Plus a Second Hybrid Bonus!)


Lexus Prius

Details are sparse, but there’s news today regarding the upcoming Lexus hybrids. Yes, that’s correct, there’s two hybrids in the works!

Of course, this has been rumored for some time, but now we have something more in the way of facts:

  • Fact #1: The first Lexus dedicated hybrid will be based on the new Toyota Prius, though it’s expected to have slightly more CO2 emissions due to its emphasis on performance. (The new Prius will have CO2 emissions of 92g/km.)
  • Fact #2: The second Lexus hybrid will be larger and entirely new, and will not be available for sale in Europe due to the C02 emssions.

The first thing that springs to mind when reading about the larger Lexus hybrid is the ES. After all, the ES isn’t available in Europe with its conventional engine, and even further, you can’t buy a Camry hybrid in Europe either. Pretty much spells it out for me…

[Source: Automotive News]

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  1. Wow that is interesting. Good work on finding that.

  2. ES 400h FTW!

    LOL, the ES hybrid is a no-brainer IMO.  Maybe they were waiting for the new generation model to sell, have an established/tested production run for a bit, before producing the hybrid model.  Hopefully the ES 400h will benefit from the improved technology which enabled the 2009 GS 450h to have a 40% bigger trunk.

  3. Europe sucks… we only have those stinky diesels.. eeewww

  4. Yeah, and to take it even further—I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lexus discontinue the conventional gas ES 350. (I’ve read that the conventional gas RX will be discontinued in Europe, that’s what gave me the idea.)

  5. I can not wait to see what Lexus will come out with.

    Hopefully the Prius-like hybrid for Lexus will be more of a station wagon *crosses fingers* as much as I like the RXh the front great but the back is horrible plus its way to big for me.