At a recent automotive industry event, it turns out that Lexus' gigantic ship appears to be leaking from the top.
One of its high-profile executives, Paul Wiliamsen recently noted the direction that Lexus will be taking in the near-term future when it comes to its hybrid nameplates.
Off the top of our head, this is what currently exists:
- ES hybrid
- IS hybrid — not in dealer showrooms yet
- GS hybrid
- LS hybrid
- RX hybrid
- HS hybrid — not available in the U.S. anymore
So, what's next in the pipeline then? Well, our friends at Kaizen Factor seem to have it figured out as the upcoming RC two-door coupe is likely to boast a hybrid variant and the newly spotted NX compact sport-utility vehicle will likely have a hybrid powerplant as well.
That pretty much settles that.
Here's an excerpt from what Wiliamsen said and beneath that is some commentary:
Lexus…now is planning to offer nine hybrid nameplates worldwide in 2014, rather than the eight models it said were planned during last year’s New York auto show…
...In fact, press reports have suggested that the RC 350 and a companion RC 300h (or, possibly, RC 450h) will debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show in late November of this year, followed by a V8 RC F in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show. The eighth Lexus hybrid? The trademarked NX 300h....