NEW FOR 2010:

– All-new model

An all-new model for 2010, the Lexus HS 250h is Lexus’ fourth hybrid and, according to the company, the world’s first dedicated luxury hybrid vehicle. Unlike other Lexus hybrids, it does not have a conventionally-powered sibling in the Lexus lineup, although it is loosely based on the all-new Toyota Prius platform.

Fitting between the IS sport sedan and ES luxury sedan, the HS 250h uses Lexus’ first four-cylinder gasoline engine, a 2.4-litre with Atkinson cycle with hybrid synergy drive and continuously variable transmission (CVT). It is front-wheel drive. Trim lines are the Premium and Ultra Premium. The Premium can also be optioned with a Sport Package.

Features on the Premium include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power leather seats, rear bench seat with fold-down armrest, tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, six-CD stereo with auxiliary input and USB port, XM satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, auto up/down windows, electroluminescent gauges, Eco indicator, power meter, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, power sunroof, rear spoiler, heated mirrors with puddle lamps and integrated turn signals, variable intermittent wipers, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, driver and passenger knee airbags, rear seat side airbags, first-aid kit, tire pressure monitoring system, cruise control, garage door opener, and smart key system with pushbutton ignition.

The Sport Package adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, wallet-size smart key, two-tone heated leather seats, aluminum sport pedals with rubber inserts, and illuminated scuff plates.

The Ultra Premium builds on the Premium and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, driver’s side memory, 15-speaker six-CD Mark Levinson premium sound system, heated and ventilated premium leather seats, voice-activated navigation system, backup camera, bird’s-eye maple trim, auto-dimming heated rearview mirrors with puddle lamps and integrated turn signals, rain-sensing wipers, automatic adaptive auto-levelling LED headlights with washers, wallet-size smart key, and power rear sunshade.

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