Domestic pricing and details for the Toyota Sai have been released, and we have the pictures and wrap-up inside.
Toyota will put the 2010 Toyota Sai on the market in Japan beginning December 7. The small, hybrid-only luxury model is closely related to the Lexus HS250h. Details were released just days before its Tokyo debut.
Although related, the Sai had several different characteristics from the Lexus model. Styling changes were made to the front fascia, windows, and rear doors. Lighting at the front and back has been modified. Inside, new air vents, and a different steering wheel, are present.
The car uses a 2.4-liter petrol engine generating just under 150 horsepower, and up to 187 Nm of torque. It is mated to a strong electric motor, powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery, which produces an additional 140 hp and up to 270 Nm of torque. The hybrid powertrain is designed to utilize the two generators efficiently, giving the driver up to 185 hp at any given time.
Standard on the car is an infortainment system, with HDD-based navigation, that features both a touch screen and on-wheel cursor control. Music is blasted through the ten speakers. Fabric seats come standard, with leather seats available.
The vehicle comes in two trim levels, which can each be upgraded with the AS option package. Pricing, including tax, for the Sai S begins at ¥3,380,000, or roughly $37,275, while the 2010 Toyota Sai G AS will be sold for ¥4,260,000 ($46,980). Toyota expects to sell 3,000 units annually.