We already know that Lexus is working on a dedicated hybrid model based on the Prius. AutoCar has uncovered more info on the luxury hybrid model that will make its debut at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.
According to sources in Japan, the dedicated Lexus hybrid model will be fully-based on the next-generation Prius platform but will be more comfort orientated with sleeker design and a little more power. The car is reported to be powered by a 2.0 or 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine that will be mated to a nickel-hydride battery.
The next-generation Toyota Prius is expected to be powered by a 1.6L engine, also mated to nickel-hydride battery, with more power and better fuel-economy than the current model.
AutoCar sources say that the dedicated Lexus hybrid model will be upgraded to lithium-ion technology by the end of 2010. No word on whether the next-generation Toyota Prius will follow the same route.
The car expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms by summer 2009 with prices slightly higher than $30,000.