posted 3 years ago

New refined Lexus CT 200h to be launched

Arrives in the UK early next year

A new more comfortable and refined Lexus CT 200h will be launched in the UK in March next year. The new Lexus has made its world debut at the Guangzhou Motor show and it is clear it has received a major makeover even though it was only first launched two years ago. 

Lexus’s signature spindle grille provides a strong focus for the CT 200h’s refreshed styling. It has been reworked with the centre horizontal line pushed further forward with its “pinch-point” set lower down. The bottom corners of the spindle shape are also spaced further apart, adding to the overall effect of reinforcing the car’s low front profile and wide track. New 10-spoke 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels have been introduced together with a shark’s fin roof antenna. At the rear there is a new-look bumper with stronger horizontal lines incorporating distinctive L-shaped reflectors and a black lower centre section

The interior of the new Lexus CT boasts higher equipment levels and better all round quality. The multimedia screen has been made thinner, fixed design, and the second generation Remote Touch Interface controller has been revised with a more user-friendly push-action enter-command switch. The Lexus Media Display and Lexus Premium Navigation system have been made easier to operate with better hands-free and voice recognition functions. The display can be operated using a new controller mounted on the centre console. Further equipment upgrades include a rear view monitor for the Lexus Media Display, a tyre pressure warning system and an “off” setting for the traction control.

New insert colours and combinations are available for the centre console, and the door panel inserts have been reworked with new upholstery and stitching design. According to market, shimamoku wood will be among the finishes available and with typical Lexus attention to detail; the quality of the metal finish for the centre console controls has also been improved. To round off the changes to the interior, a revised range of leather and cloth seat upholstery has been created.

The new Lexus CT 200h boasts class leading emissions, co2 output is down by 5g/km to just 82g/km for the entry level S grade. The new model also has greater body rigidity, revised suspension settings, enhanced aerodynamics and more extensive NVH suppression measures, all of which combine to deliver a more refined and comfortable driving experience and an even quieter cabin environment.

Lexus has redesigned the CT 200h F Sport to give the model more powerful road presence and create a greater differentiation between it and other versions in the range. The stronger iteration of the spindle grille adopts the same mesh pattern as the new IS F Sport, while at the rear the roof spoiler has cut-outs to gain additional downforce. The F Sport has dedicated 10-spoke 17-inch wheels and will be available in a range of colours that includes an F Sport-exclusive white. The interior has also been upgraded with aluminium pedals, scuff plates and perforated leather steering wheel and shift lever trim.

The F Sport benefits from the same driving performance enhancements as the rest of the CT 200h range, together with bespoke coil spring settings and optimised distribution of front/rear roll rigidity to sharpen its sportier driving dynamics.

The 2014 CT 200h will go on sale in March but there is no news as yet on the pricing, but the existing model is priced at approximately £21,995.