Remember the Lexus HS 250h? The car was introduced in 2009 as an entry-level hybrid, slotting in between the IS and ES, but earlier this year, Lexus discontinued it in the US due to declining sales. It fared better in its home market, however – in its first month, 3,000 pre-orders were recorded, 10,000 units were sold, and the waiting list was six months long.
At the time, the HS 250h‘s exterior did kind of give away its UK-market Toyota Avensis origins, but Japanese blog Minkara Carview has posted some pictures of an updated car that’s reputedly expected to launch in Japan by the end of this month.
As you can see, the JDM car gets the Lexus face, complete with spindle grille. The rest of the exterior appears unchanged, however. The interior seems to have been poshed up with the addition of some wood trim here and there, but otherwise looks the same. The blog states a price range of ¥4.1 to 5.52 million (RM153k-206k) for four variants.
It is not known if there are any changes to the powertrain, but the discontinued HS 250h had a 2.4 litre 2AZ-FXE Atkinson cycle four-cylinder collaborating with an electric motor to result in a combined 187 hp – essentially a Camry Hybrid setup.