Refreshed for 2018, the Lexus CT 200h five-door compact combines a sophisticated urban look with unique craftsmanship and the most advanced technologies.
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As the most affordable model in the Lexus range, CT 200h is very well endowed and, in its latest guise, boasts even more kit. Get to experience an exclusive kind of luxury with exquisitely finished leather, advanced safety features and flawless paintwork.
CT 200h offers exceptional driving comfort and efficient hybrid performance. In near-silent Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, it uses no petrol, produces zero emissions and, because it’s a Lexus Hybrid, it does not require plugging-in to recharge.
CT 200h has become Lexus’ best-selling hybrid model globally. And since its launch in 2011, with the first-generation model, CT 200h has sold more than 300,000 units globally.
SO WHAT’S NEW?
New additions include a sporty look, family spindle grille with mash panel detail. Spicing up the premium five-door hybrid's profile are sportier wheels that include a new 10-spoke 16-inch design that features dark metallic paint with bright machine-finished surfaces. The CT 200h also features a black-out roof in bi-tones which include Titanium and Quartz, Mercury and Morello as well as Titanium and Black.
With this latest update, Lexus looks to build on the model’s strengths and its well-earned reputation for efficiency and reliability, introducing a refreshed exterior that captures its driver appeal – without compromising its user-friendliness and fuel economy.
To summarise, the CT 200h’s updated design is more emotional and sporty, making it the ideal premium hybrid compact car for customers who enjoy spirited driving, but care about the environment.
EXTERIOR DESIGN: A MORE DRAMATIC PRESENCE
CT 200h’s exterior styling is dynamic and sophisticated. The model has a stronger look, with a number of new exterior details, including a cleaner, more prominent arrangement of the signature Lexus spindle grille and front bumper and repositioning of the arrowhead daytime running lights above new single-projector LED headlamp units. The headlamps feature projector LEDs with a smoked metallic finish. The daytime running lights keep their “arrowhead” shape, but have been repositioned above the headlights.
Changes have also been to the rear of the vehicle with a new garnish and treatment of the lower rear bumper section. Sportier wheel designs spice up the CT 200h’s profile — including a new 10-spoke 16-inch wheel that features a two-toned combination of machined and dark metallic finish.
The cabin continues to express Lexus quality and craftsmanship. Its use of fine trim and upholstery materials, rich soft-touch surface textures and a “form-follows-function” styling philosophy. According to the selected multimedia system, the central display screen has been enlarged from 7 to 10.3 inches for the Lexus Premium Navigation – for clearer presentation and greater ease of use. The range of interior colourways has also been increased and now includes standard nuluxe material in Black/Fundamental and Sunflare Brown/Fundamental.
LEXUS HYBRID DRIVE
CT 200h introduced Lexus’ second- generation petrol-electric and self-charging hybrid technology to the premium compact segment. It benefits from an Energy Management System which ensures quiet running, seamless acceleration and the kind of performance customers expect from a premium hatchback vehicle.
The engine’s environmental performance is further supported by other energy-saving and eco-focused measures. These include an energy-saving air conditioning system, extensive use of LED lighting and even a lightweight and energy-efficient audio system. Furthermore, a range of biomaterials is used in place of oil-based plastics in different areas of the vehicle.
The system combines a 73kW, 1,798cc Atkinson Cycle petrol engine with a powerful, 82 DIN hp/60kW electric motor. Total output is 100kW, enabling smooth, seamless acceleration from zero to 100km/h in 10.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 180km/h. Conversely, CT 200h achieves remarkably low fuel consumption, with combined cycle figures from just 4.1l/100km and class-leading CO2 emissions from 95g/km, supporting excellent cost-of-ownership.
Lexus Hybrid Drive further helps protect air quality by producing significantly lower NOx and particulate emissions than an equivalent diesel-powered vehicle. Moreover, when operating in all-electric EV mode, it generates no harmful tailpipe emissions and uses no petrol.
DRIVE MODE SELECT
As well as the full hybrid powertrain’s Normal drive mode, three on-demand drive modes – EV, ECO and SPORT – can be selected, adapting the vehicle’s performance to suit the driver’s mood or the road conditions. According to the mode chosen, priority is given to driving efficiency, fuel economy and emissions, or performance and dynamic handling.
EV, ECO and Normal modes place the emphasis on a relaxing drive from start-up and at speeds below 45km/h, CT 200h will automatically operate in EV mode for short distances when conditions permit, running solely on its electric motor, with zero tailpipe emissions and minimal noise. Furthermore the CVT 200h’s system allows for regenerative braking, which significantly improves fuel economy and reduces emissions.
PRICING AND COLOURS
The South African model retails for R529 300 and includes a 4 Year/ 100 000km Distance Maintenance Plan.
The exterior colours comprise the following metallic colours; White Quartz, Sonic Titanium and Amber. The bi-tone colours comprise Black with Titanium (dark grey roof)l, Morello Red with Mercury (grey roof) as well as White Quartz with Titanium (dark grey roof).