JAPANESE manufacturer Lexus has already put on sale the new CT 200h, to be launched throughout Europe during the first quarter of 2014.
At a starting price of €23,900, the new compact luxury hatchback offers more sophisticated exterior styling, a more refined interior and enhanced driving comfort.
The front of the new CT 200h introduces a further evolution of the Lexus ‘spindle grille’ design.
The centre has been pushed forwards to create a three-dimensional form.
The bottom corners are spaced wider and the spindle ‘pinch point’ has been lowered, reinforcing the CT 200h’s low front profile and wide track.
In profile, the new CT 200h may be identified by a choice of newly developed, 10-spoke, 16” and 17” alloy wheels, and a new shark fin-style roof antenna.
To the rear, a new bumper design features a more horizontal structure.
The new CT 200h is available in a choice of 11 body colours including a new red.
All paintwork has a scratch-resistant, self-restoring top coat.
The driver of the new CT 200h now benefits from a new, 370 mm diameter steering wheel matching that of the IS model range.
Lexus’ Optitron instrument console is now available with an integral, 4.2” TFT screen which may be linked to the multimedia system and controlled via steering wheel-mounted switches.
The Lexus Media Display and Lexus Premium Navigation systems feature added functions, improved operability and enhanced hands-free and voice recognition control.
The new CT 200h combines increased body rigidity, suspension revisions and enhanced aerodynamics.
Body rigidity has been improved through additional spot welding and the extensive use of structural adhesive technology.
Increased body rigidity has allowed for suspension re-tuning.
Coil spring rates have been optimised, a new shock absorber valve adopted, and the rear stabiliser bar diameter altered to enhance ride comfort with no loss of handling agility.