The new Lexus CT 200h will be launched in March 2014 with prices to be confirmed in January.
The Hybrid hatchback has undergone a number of revisions for 2014, to improve comfort and refinement with an improved specification. There has also been a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, with the entry level ‘S’ model CT 200h reducing its emissions to 82 g/km from 87 g/km. Where the higher grade models with 16” wheels improved from 94 g/km to 88 g/km.
There have been improvements to the suspension, noise suppression and body rigidity resulting in crisper handling and a better ride. The hybrid drive system’s transmission control system has been remapped resulting in a driving experience more akin to a conventional automatic transmission.
The front grille has been reworked and there is a new range of new 10-spoke 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels have been introduced together with a shark’s fin roof antenna. There is a new look bumper with stronger horizontal lines incorporating distinctive L-shaped reflectors and a black lower centre section.
There is a paint palette all with a scratch-resistant, self-restoring top coat.
There is a new 370mm diameter steering wheel as seen in the new IS model. The Optitron instrument binnacle is available with an optional integral 4.2-inch TFT screen, which can be linked to the car’s multimedia system and controlled using switches on the steering wheel.
The Lexus Media Display and Lexus Premium Navigation system has been revised to make it more intuitive with better hands-free and voice recognition functions, and a new controller mounted on the centre console.
The audio system has been revised in improve sound quality including the use on bamboo in speaker construction.
Interior finishes have been revises, with a new leather and cloth seat upholstery range.
The Lexus CT 200h ‘F’ Sport Design has been revised including a Sport front grille to distinguish the model from the rest of the range. There are bespoke 10-spoke 17” wheels in range of colours. On the inside there are upgraded aluminium pedals, scuff plates and perforated leather steering wheel and shift lever trim. There are bespoke coil spring settings and optimised distribution of front/rear roll rigidity to sharpen its sportier driving dynamics.
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