There have been a number of people speculating about the all new hybrid coming from Lexus and it’s relation to the wildly popular Toyota Prius. Most of the speculation claims that the Lexus HS 250h is as similar to the Toyota Prius as the Ford Ranger is to the Mazda pickup. Thankfully for those in the market, this isn’t true.
There is a single shared component between the HS 250h and Prius, which is the hybrid technology. The name of the system is the series/parallel and refers to the technology, not the actual components. The series/parallel type hybrid means that the traditional engine component can drive the wheels directly and be disconnected from the drive train to allow the electric motor component to drive the wheels. This type of system is used in the Prius, Ford Escape Hybrid, and soon Lexus HS 250h.
The rest of the HS 250h is completely different than the Prius. Some of the main component differences is the 2.4 l engine, double wishbone suspension, and a ton of electronic creature comforts. There will nothing to confuse onlookers as to what type of car it is, the Toyota or the Lexus.