it will be based on a modified Toyota Auris(Corolla) platform and will be the first front-wheel-drive Lexus
the flagship will use the same powertrain as the US market-only HS250h – that means a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, boosted by an electric motor to produce around 185bhp.
Entry-level engines will be taken from the Auris range, and are set to include a 1.6-litre petrol unit.
Rob wrote:It's just a response to the popularity of the 1-series BMW and it's competitors. It's wrong for so many reasons, but people love the damn things. I predict it will be very popular, unfortunately.
moomoo wrote:the main reason these things get popular is cos like the 1 series and A-class, there cheap entry level badges imo.
Rob wrote:moomoo wrote:the main reason these things get popular is cos like the 1 series and A-class, there cheap entry level badges imo.
I can never fathom why people will buy tiny, underpowered boxes merely because they have the badge. I can sort of see why people pay extra for the brand on bigger and/or more powerful cars, but a shoebox is a shoebox regardless of what badge is on it. You think that someone in an M5/X5 will nod their head in appreciation to a 1-series? A condescending smirk is the best you could hope for!
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