The new 4-door hatchback is the first full hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment and is the new gateway into the brand, according to Lexus.
It is powered by an Atkinson-cycle 1.8L 4-cyl., which is paired with an 80-hp 650-volt electric motor and a continuously variable transmission.
An exhaust heat reclamation system speeds engine warm-up, which enables the engine to switch off sooner, improving fuel economy, especially in cold temperatures
The car was designed to be easily dismantled, with applicable parts clearly identified to facilitate recycling. It also uses environmentally friendly materials, including bio-plastic door panels and bamboo-charcoal resin speaker cones.