Peoria, Illinois (PressExposure) May 04, 2009 -- This comes as exciting news to Lexus of Peoria. As the premiere Champaign Lexus dealer and Bloomington Lexus dealer, sales managers at Lexus of Peoria have noticed the demand from all around for a luxury hybrid. Now, they will have one to offer Peoria luxury car buyers within the year.
While previous Lexus hybrids have largely kept performance at the forefront over fuel economy that does not appear to be the case with the HS 250h. Managers at the Campaign Lexus dealer said the HS 250h's fuel efficiency will be more than 30-percent better than Lexus' current most fuel-efficient model. The HS 250h's best-in-class .27 drag coefficient and serious use of spoilers and diffusers seem to support that claim, with most industry speculations coming in at more than 40 mpg for the new hybrid.
The HS 250h features the same 106.3-in. wheelbase as the Toyota Prius. However, unlike the Prius, the HS 250h is a more traditional four-door, rather than a five-door hatchback. Visually, the car could pass for a slightly taller IS with a familiar-looking C-pillar and rear fascia. However, the HS 250h has wider interior dimensions than the IS and will seat five. An added 0.6 inches in height over the Prius should translate to more headroom on the interior as well. The HS 250h's interior is what a car buyer would expect from a Lexus, sporting standard leather-trim seating, premium sound and a new multi-media package. The interior style is centered around a wide center console, which features a newly available Hard Disk Drive navigation system operating on a retractable screen that displays high and forward in the dash.
Lexus said the HS 250h uses the "very latest in sustainable materials," as 30 percent of the materials in the HS come from plant-based resources, with 85 percent of the car being fully recyclable. The HS 250h becomes the first Lexus model to use ecological plastic in its design. This bio-material has a much smaller CO2 footprint than its petroleum-based equivalent.
Peoria luxury auto buyers should not be disappointed when they see the 2009 Lexus HS 250h. As a Lexus, the HS 250h will feature plenty of luxury to go along with all the green, including LED taillights, a heads up display, power seats and Lexus' new Enform telematics. Optional equipment on the HS includes satellite navigation with traffic, stocks, sports and weather updates and LED headlights. The HS also includes leather trim, a moon roof, and insulation aimed at reducing noise and vibration. Adding to the luxurious ambiance is a sound-deadening inner layer in the windshield, exhaust flow optimized to cut noise, and even slower, softer-closing power window switches.
The HS 250h will arrive at Lexus dealers this fall.