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Lexus HS250h is small, hybrid-only

As expected Lexus has turned up at Detroit with a hybrid-only small, luxury sedan.

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Derek Fung
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Detroit Auto Show 2009 As expected Lexus has turned up at Detroit with a hybrid-only small, luxury sedan.

MPG? L/100km?
Based on the upcoming, next-generation Toyota Prius, the new HS might be front-wheel drive but features a larger 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine — the new Prius is expected to have a 1.8-litre engine. When working in tandem with an electric motor, the HS250h has a combined power rating of 140kW. Apart from admitting that it will be rated as a super ultra low emissions vehicle, or SULEV, Lexus hasn't released fuel economy ratings for the car.

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All the leaves are green
Thanks to the shape of the tail lights, the car looks quite a bit like the progeny of a romantic affair between a Saab 9-3 and a Lexus IS250. The HS250h goes on sale in America late in the northern summer.

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Curvy
While the dashboard design remind us of the current Corolla, there'll be way more tech on board. Everything from Bluetooth hands-free, satellite radio (US only), hard-disk sat nav to iPod connectivity will be available.

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Remote Touch
The Remote Touch control system, which debuted last year in the next-generation RX off-roader, turns up for duty in the HS too. This controller allows the driver to control many in-car functions, including the navigation system.

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Casual voice recognition
There's also a next-generation voice recognition system, which Lexus claims is able to understand more conversational commands for audio, climate control and navigation systems.

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How much izzit?
Lexus has yet to announce US pricing of the HS250h, nor whether it will be available in Australia.

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