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Friday, 12 June, 2009 1:29 PM

Lexus debuts HS 250h hybrid sedan with 35 mpg in Rochester

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A price has not yet been announced on the Lexus HS 250h but it should begin at around $32,000.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Lexus unveiled its new HS 250h hybrid sedan with a media test drive at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester on Wednesday. It comes with an estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. However, while driving on the streets of Rochester, the fuel gauge said I was receiving 43 mpg. There are many cool features on the new HS 250h that will be in dealer showrooms beginning in September. Lexus hopes to sell 25,000 units in its first year.

The HS 250h is equipped with a 147-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine with an electric motor that can produce up to 140 horsepower. The battery charges when driving at slower speeds or when stopped at a traffic light or stop sign. The electric motor helps accelerate the vehicle at higher speeds.

"It's a dedicated luxury hybrid, that means this vehicle is only built as a hybrid, " said Paul Williamsen, National Manager of Lexus College. "We don't make a version that's gas engine only. It's only made as a hybrid. We were able to develop a car that got all the best advantages of a hybrid system. It will have the best fuel economy of any luxury car on the market today. It will have the lowest emissions of any luxury car on the market today."

I was greatly impressed the some of the features in the HS 250h. The location of the gear shifter is conveniently placed so the driver doesn't have to take their eyes off the road. Starting the vehicle and parking it is also very easy -- both tasks can by done at the push of a button. The temperature inside the vehicle can be lowered or raised by using the up and down arrows. There is a nice sun roof to let the light in from above.

"At the same time, it's got very effective, very roomy packaging," said Williamsen. "The interior is nice and spacious. It's got the largest trunk of any hybrid sedan. It's just a great luxury car for people who want to do good for the planet. One of the things most people notice when they get in is a very driver-centered cockpit. On models with a navigation system, we've moved beyond the touch-screen nav to what we call a remote control navigation system. Where you have a controller basically like a mouse. It has less driver distraction than the touch-screen."

The HS 250h is 184.8 inches long, 70.3 inches wide, 59.3 inches high. It has a wheelbase of 106.3 inches.

"A sun roof is available on the car," the National Manager of Lexus College said. "Many other luxury features available. We have a range of audio systems. Different choices of alloy wheels. Different combinations of leather and wood interiors. Quite a range of features that a customer can order in this car. We have preliminary numbers that it should get combined highway/city fuel economy of about 35 mpg. As good as what you would get in a 3-cylinder Smart car. So it's really phenomenal fuel economy especially for a roomy five-passenger luxury car."

This new hybrid sedan was first shown at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It is expected to come with a price tag of $32,000 or more.

Look for the Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan in showrooms beginning this September.

 

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The interior of the new Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan.

 

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The rear of the Lexus HS 250h is very round and modern.

 

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The steering wheel and instrument panel

 

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The temperature inside, time and temperature outside.

 

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The gear shifter is located just left of the radio. To park, just push the button that says "P".

 

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