Toyota, Lexus Offering New Packages For Prius and GS Hybrid

Toyota has decided not to pull its punches anymore when discussing the success of its hybrids.

While applauding other manufacturers “expanding the popularity of hybrid vehicles,” the company still “retains hybrid leadership worldwide.” Toyota is celebrating “its utter hybrid dominance” by offering a special edition of its 2015 Prius.

Prius Liftback – SE photo not available.

Prius Liftback – SE photo not available.

Built on the mid-range Three trim level, the SE gets unique 17-inch dark gray alloy wheels and side mirrors with built-in turn signals, black seats covered in funky fabric with gray contrast stitching, more chrome trim bits around the cabin, and blue LED accent lighting. It’ll only be available in two colors: Absolutely Red or Blizzard Pearl.

Otherwise, the Special Edition remains mechanically identical to the rest of the Prius family.

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Meanwhile, at Lexus, the top-line 450h trim — positioned as the most powerful model in the mid-size GS line — will now be available in the company’s aggressive F Sport flavor. The additions include the larger, more aggressive front grille, unique bumpers and a small rear lip spoiler. Also, while normal GS 450h models get standard 18 inch wheels for 2015, the F Sport ups those to 19 inches, which should help the re-tuned suspension help deliver more smiles than usual.

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The F Sport isn’t any more powerful, meaning it uses the same 3.5-liter V6 with electric assist as before, with 338 total horsepower and the ability to hit 60 mph from rest in 5.6 seconds.

F Sport packages are available on almost every other Lexus product — excluding the largest of its SUVs — but they have always been based on the traditionally-powered models, including the GS 350. The GS 450h is the first hybrid F Sport combination, and will be sold alongside the GS 350 version too.