Lexus LF-NX turbo concept, 2013 Tokyo Motor ShowEnlarge Photo
New and future models
The old Lexus LS 600h was never the most efficient of hybrid models, and at 20 mpg combined, the new 2013 Lexus LS 600h isn't a great deal better. It does have striking styling however, reminiscent of the current GS series. And with 438 horsepower from its V-8 gasoline engine and hybrid system, it's clear who this is a hybrid for--those wishing to minimize the gas-guzzling from extra performance, rather than maximize economy. You'll find a video road test of the LS 600h here.
Likely to be more economical, and probably more fun, is the 2014 Lexus IS. This was previewed as the Lexus LF-CC concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and subsequently launched at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Sadly, there are no plans to bring the IS 300h hybrid model Stateside. You can read more about the IS hybrid below, as well as the RC 300h coupe previewed at the Tokyo Motor Show:
The RX 450h may be the most successful Lexus hybrid model, but one future arrival could topple it--the NX 300h. Expected to be a small hybrid crossover, likely based on the Toyota RAV4, it's likely to share the drivetrain of the ES 300h. But as the popularity of crossovers improves, a small hybrid variant could be arriving just at the right time.
The NX will probably be quite a striking vehicle if its concept is anything to go by. Shown in full at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, the LF-NX concept took more than a few passers-by by surprise. We expect it'll be toned down a little for production. You can read more on the unusually-styled vehicle here: