Lexus launches its premium hatchback, the CT 200h, in August, and it’s the first full hybrid vehicle to be launched at the heart of the small luxury car segment.
This hatchback allows for younger customers to enter the world of Lexus and at the same time it expands on the brand’s hybrid leadership in South Africa by bringing its range offering to four.
Lexus’ first five-door hatch addresses the key preferences of young and highly discerning customers with its size, luxury packaging and low fuel consumption. At the same time, no compromise has been made in the levels of refinement and driving pleasure that are synonymous with Lexus.
Elegance and sophistication were the key focus points for the Lexus design team in the conception of the CT 200h’s design, with the intention to give the new car a dynamic quality.
The CT 200h has been developed to deliver superior handling, a rewarding drive and the level of ride comfort expected of a Lexus. It is built on a new platform, has been given the lowest possible centre of gravity and features a high-rigidity lightweight bodyshell. Even the height, position and structure of the driver’s seat have been precisely determined to contribute to the car’s balance and enhance the driving experience.
The Lexus CT 200h is full hybrid, capable of running on its petrol engine or electric motor alone, or with both working in combination. The system comprises an Atkinson cycle 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and a powerful electric motor that in combination deliver 100kW.
The Lexus CT 200h has been engineered to perform in two different driving “moods”, Relaxing or Dynamic, supported by four selectable driving modes: Normal, EV, ECO and Sport.