I’d held back reporting on the Lexus 200h hybrid’s introduction at Geneva, since we were told that it wouldn’t be coming to the U.S. market. Lexus has apparently changed their minds and will introduce the four door hatch at the upcoming New York Auto Show.
So what is the 200h? It’s a global premium compact car, designed to compete with Audi’s A3 and (in Europe, at least) the BMW 1 Series. Powered by a 1.8 liter motor good for 187 horsepower, the hybrid also utilizes batteries and an electric motor to boost fuel economy. Lexus has yet to make any claims on the projected mileage ratings, and the 200h is aimed more at the luxury market than the green market. I wouldn’t expect Prius type numbers, but I can guarantee it will out run and out content a Prius.
No word yet on U.S. availability, but expect prices to start in the very high $20k range.