Monday, July 27, 2009

Lexus launch posh Prius

Lexus' HS250h is the first model in the Lexus line-up that will be available exclusively as a hybrid. It's not available in Europe yet, but the US version is powered by a 2.4 litre, 147bhp petrol engine, supplemented by a an electric motor connected to a 400V NiMH battery in the boot that can boost the power output to 187bhp.

Lexus claims the HS250h produces 30 per cent better fuel economy than anyee other model in its range. The electric-only performance is limited to when the battery has at least 50 per cent charge and when the car is moving at less than 20mph.

The publicity pictures indicate that the designers have tried their best to make it look less dowdy than the Prius, however some of the less Photoshopped press-releases reveal that it is still no BMW 3-series.

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