Yesterday we got to see the first pictures of the new Lexus CT 200h via a leaked brochure, so it’s kinda hard to get excited about this car as the company releases the official pictures and details of it ahead of its Geneva debut. And to be honest there’s nothing exciting about it in the first place, which is understandable because well, it’s a hybrid Lexus after all!
Based on the LF-Ch Concept, the CT 200h inherits its styling cues from IS and RX model. Specially at the back it looks like a mini RX. Lexus says that they want to attract younger buyers with this five-door compact hatchback but it seems to be designed by a 97 year old! Just compare it to the new Ford Focus and you will get the point.
Lexus has retained the asymmetrical dashboard design seen in the LF-Ch show car. Based on the Future Lexus Interior concept, the dashboard is split into an upper Display Zone, with an eight-inch LCD multi-display screen; and a lower Operation Zone, with the shift lever and other controls such as Lexus’s Remote Touch multi-function controller.
As for the powertrain, the CT200h’s sophisticated system consists of a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and an electric motor backed by Nickel-metal hydride (NiMh) which send the power to the front wheels via an electrically controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT).
We don’t know why but Lexus has not mentioned anything about the car’s performance, fuel consumption and Co2 rating in their press release. But they tell that the CT 200h has three driving modes ECO, NORMAL and SPORT. and it also can be run in pure electric mode in which it can cover 1.2 miles at speeds up to 28mph.
For the sake of sporty handling, Lexus has equipped the CT200 with MacPherson strut with anti-roll bar, coil springs and shock absorbers at front and Double wishbone with coil springs and shock absorbers, plus Electric power-assisted rack and pinion steering system.