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by Matt Brogan

The Toyota brand is getting its first dedicated hybrid sedan, a sister model to the Lexus HS 250h, that will sport a more powerful engine than the Prius hatchback.

The car, to be named the Toyota Sai, will go on sale in Japan from October 20. The Sai will be the second model marketed as a hybrid-only offering under the Toyota badge, after the Prius.

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Toyota did not say whether the Sai will go on sale outside of Japan with very few addition details being made public.

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A dealer in Japan said the car will share the same platform and hybrid drivetrain as the Lexus HS 250h (pictured above) which means a 2.4-litre petrol engine hybrid system, similar to Camry.

Toyota has not yet announced pricing.




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