The Toyota what? Yes, that’s what they call the Lexus HS 250h-based sedan in Japan. Pictures of the updated Lexus emerged late last year; now it’s time for the Toyota-badged version to show us its new face.

Looking a little subtler than the Lexus, the facelifted Toyota Sai gains slim, angry-looking LED headlamps, a reworked grille and a new V-shaped front bumper incorporating bigger fog lamp housings.

A chrome strip runs along the side, and round the back, you’ll find new LED tail lamps that run across the width of the V-shaped boot lid, plus a new rear bumper. Wheels are 16-inch aluminium jobs.


The biggest change inside is a new centre stack that holds reshaped air vents and new switchgear, amongst others. Materials and trim have been enhanced in places, creating a more upscale atmosphere. A new 10-speaker SD Navigation system with microSD, Blu-ray and USB compatibility can be specified.

Nothing’s changed under the bonnet – there’s the same 150 hp/187 Nm 2.4 litre 2AZ-FXE Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and the same 143 hp/270 Nm electric motor. Combined output is 190 hp, and fuel economy on the JC08 cycle is rated at 4.4 litres per 100 km. The Camry Hybrid has a similar setup.