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Published on Jul 31, 2012
According to Paultan, an automotive news publication from Malaysia, the little Lexus would use the same 1.5 liter Synergy Drive, hybrid drivetrain that is in the Prius c. The Malaysian news source has dubbed the car, AS150. It should be remembered that all Lexus hybrids have the letter "h" in their name. This car would slot below the CT200h which is based on the Prius. The Japanese automaker has had failures with badge-engineered hybrids before, like the now discontinued HS250h.
The article also mentions a 1.2 liter, direct-injection turbo engine that would be used in the AS150t.
While mostly speculation at this point, such a car is not out of the question, considering the tremendous success the brand has had with the CT200h, growing Lexus sales significantly in Europe.