As reported in November, Lexus Japan will be offering the HS 250h updated with the spindle grille for the 2013 model year — today, there’s some new high-resolution photos of the not-for-North-America update:
There are a number of small changes and updates to the exterior and interior, but it all comes back to the spindle grille — by replacing the awkward shield grille, the new HS is an attractive implementation of the new Lexus corporate face.
Is this an update that could have saved the HS in North America? It’s unlikely that the model would be able to establish a foothold with the CT 200h & ES 300h straddling its position effectively. In fact, the HS 250h would have the same problem as an IS hybrid in North America — there’s not enough room in the lineup.