After revealing the all-new 2014 Lexus IS at the Detroit Auto Show, the Toyota luxury division is planning a world premiere for the first every IS hybrid in Geneva next month.
While no details on powertrain have been released, itís expected to be a version of the 200 hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder hybrid found in the Lexus ES300h. In North America that car is rated at 40 mpg. In a smaller IS model, and with less-stringent mileage testing in Europe, it could hit closer to 50 mpg overseas.
I think it would be over kill and over redundant. Plus it would be competing with sales of the ES hybrid which I suspect will be Lexus' "volume" seller as far as hybrids go. I just don't think it makes good business sense if the IS is the "sporty" of the two entry sedans. Leave the falling asleep with the ES.
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