Lexus Brand Vice President Mark Templin had a sit down with Drive Austraila and he dropped a few hints that new hybrid technology is on the way for Lexus...
I'm not sure but he could be hinting to the new 2.5L Atkinson Cycle engine that they debuted in the NX concept first at Frankfurt. Although another avenue to explore is that Lexus may be looking at coupling its hybrid transmission with something other than a CVT. This could make it an even more attractive option for RC300h or even something in the performance range...Templin said about 80 per cent of Lexuses sold in western Europe are hybrids, similar to the percentage in Japan, where the desire for cutting edge technology is partially driving their popularity.
He added that Lexus was working on its next generation hybrid technology, which would raise the bar for the technology its parent company, Toyota, has made its own.
“There’s some technology that’s coming for hybrid in future that’s going to make it even more exciting,” he said, refusing to go into details. “You’ll have to wait and see.”
He said rather than a giant leap in hybrid technology it would be “consistent technological advancement”.