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Toyota Unveils Lexus GS450h Hybrid SUV

March 27, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

The Lexus division of Toyota Motor Corp. (Japan) unveiled its Lexus GS450h hybrid vehicle, based on the new GS luxury sport saloon that goes on sale in the UK next month. The GS450h is a full hybrid luxury saloon vehicle with a front engine and rear-wheel drive.

The GS450h offers with 0 mph to 60 mph acceleration in substantially less than six seconds; combined fuel economy typical of a 2.0 L, four-cylinder compact saloon, a low emission rating; a 3.5 L V6 engine with a high-output, permanent magnet electric motor driving the rear wheels; combined power output similar to a 4.5 L V8 engine; and delivery in excess of 300 bhp. The GS450hA also offers a completely new Lexus Hybrid powertrain.

The Lexus GS450h is targeted for sale in the middle of 2006. The new GS300 and GS430 go on sale in the UK from April 15, 2005, followed in June 2005 by the Lexus RX400h hybrid luxury SUV.