In what may be a sign of things to come, Lexus has registered the IS 300h trademark in Australia.
Filed by the Toyota Motor Corporation on July 25th, 2011, the IS 300h is registered under TM #1439434 on the Australian Trade Mark System, and could be a good indication of the possible hybrid powertrain for the next-generation IS.
As it stands, no Lexus model is offered with the 300h designation, meaning the hybrid system used would be a brand new gas-electric combination. There’s also no telling if the base engine would be a four-cylinder or a V6, but if I had to guess, I would lean toward the 2.5L 4GR-FSE V6 used in the current IS 250.
Regardless of the engine used, an IS 300h would sit perfectly between the IS 250 & IS 350 in the lineup, and would likely offer just the right balance of fuel efficiency and power to make it very, very popular.
What do you think?
[Source: ATMOSS] (Thanks Matt!)