Motor Trend‘s Duane Sempson was on the highway in Southern
California when he spotted the mystery prototype you see here. While the
camouflage hides a prototype that appears to be the now-discontinued
HS 250h, we wonder whether this may be our very first glimpse of a
potential CT 200h sedan variant. Take a look at the photos in the
gallery below and then tell us: What do you think this prototype is?
While we heard in January 2012 the rumor that Lexus was considering variants of the entry-level CT 200h hybrid, since then the CT has remained a hatch-only model. Audi is bringing a new sedan version of the 2015 A3
to the U.S., a body style that’s expected to boost sales of the car
that was previously only sold in the U.S. as a four-door hatch.
Through the first five months of 2013, CT 200h sales are down 25.1
percent. Could Lexus be planning a CT 200h sedan? Lexus had no comment
on the suggestion, but these spy shots make us wonder.
Then again, the rough HS 250h prototype might not preview a future Lexus at all. With Scion potentially moving upmarket,
could this prototype be hiding a new four-door model? Is Toyota
bringing back the Yaris sedan? Or did someone at Lexus just decide to
outfit their HS 250h with a wild vinyl wrap?