In addition to the debut of a new concept electric vehicle, Toyota will unveil the Lexus HS 250h dedicated hybrid at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
The HS 250h sedan will become the fourth hybrid in the Lexus line-up. At NAIAS 2008 Toyota president Katsuaki Watanabe said that Toyota would premiere two all-new, dedicated hybrids, one for Toyota (the new Prius) and one for Lexus at the 2009 event. (Earlier post.)
Adjacent to the HS 250h on the stand at Detroit, Lexus will offer an interactive telematics display, highlighting new, in-vehicle technology found aboard the new hybrid.
Separately, Toyota announced that it will show a new work truck version of the 2010 Tundra full-size pickup truck at the 2009 San Diego Auto Show, also in January.
The Tundra Work Truck Package is aimed at commercial truck buyers, and will be available with a V-6 and two V-8 engines including the 381 hp 5.7-liter i-Force V8, with a towing capability of up to 10,800 pounds. Tundra models equipped with the no-frills Work Truck Package are expected to carry a discount that will range from $550 to $655 less than the truck’s standard MSRP, depending on the model.