The Lexus HS 250h 2010 is a new model from Toyota’s luxury division. This gas/electric hybrid compact car is a five-passenger, 4-door sedan that teams a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with a battery-powered electric motor for 187 hp total, and comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Lexus’ hybrid system allows the HS 250h to run on one or both of its power sources to balance acceleration and fuel economy. No plug-in charging is required.
Power is provided by Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system, paired up with 187-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The HS is slightly longer than the current IS, slightly wider than the ES and will include all the usual amenities people expect on a luxury car, along with a lane departure prevention system that uses the electric power steering to help keep the car straight and true. Other features, like a heads up display that’s clearly visible in daylight and LED headlights, are optional. The HS250h goes on sale this summer, and although pricing hasn’t been announced yet, the automaker hopes to sell about 30,000-35,000 units annually.
Base and Premium trim levels are offered. Leather upholstery is standard on all. Heated front seats are optional on the Base, while heated and ventilated front seats are standard on the Premium. Available features include a wireless cell-phone link, a navigation system with rearview camera, a Head-Up Display, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, auto-dimming headlights, and keyless access and starting. Also offered is a wide-view front camera that shows the view to the sides when pulling out from between two cars, a lane-departure warning system that alerts the driver and can correct the vehicle’s path if it drifts out of its lane, and Lexus’ new Enform system with Safety Connect, an assistance system with convenience, safety, security, and emergency-response features.
Lexus revealed the 2010 HS 250h, the first luxury dedicated hybrid vehicle, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The HS 250h will be Toyota Motor’s second hybrid-only vehicle (after the Prius) and will be Lexus’ fourth hybrid and the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its lineup. It also will be the first Lexus to utilize carbon-neutral Ecological Plastic materials in a new futuristic cockpit and interior design.
Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, front and rear side airbags, and front knee airbags.