The production of the Lexus CT 200h hybrid car started in the 2011. It was designed as premium sport compact hatchback, and the biggest selling records were registered in the European, North American, and Japanese market. Overall sale results of Lexus CT 200h reached 140,000 units in 2013. That made him second best selling Lexus hybrid after the Lexus RX. 2016 Lexus CT 200h as the latest version of this model, is expected to come in early 2016. The main competitors for this new hybrid will be the BMW 1-Series, Audi A3 and Acura ILX.
The new hatchback will have a fresh, modern exterior design that will be made in accordance with the hybrid technology revolution, and it will be based on Toyota’s MC platform. Since this is still a fresh model, the exterior of the 2016 CT 200h will not go through major changes, but only a few to fresh it up a little and make it look like a new model. The Lexus engineers are more focused on making a model that is protecting the environment. Led by this vision, the automaker will use eco-friendly materials when building the new 2016 Lexus CT 200h. This hatchback will have, a uniquely styled grille, aggressive looking LED lighting with automatic headlights, a low roof and a high load floor, and 17 inch alloy wheels. The dimensions of the vehicle will be 171.2 inches in length, 69.5 inches in width and 57 inches height, and 102.4 inches in wheelbase. Its estimated total curb weight will be 3130 lbs.
When talking about the interior, it will be equipped with many upgraded features, which will provide a better and safer comfort, as well as a more sporty look. These features will include a leather steering wheel, cruise control, dual zone automatic climate control, an 8 inch touchscreen and a 4.2 inch TFT color display, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio and many more. As for the entertainment features, it will have a remote touch interface infotainment system. The cabin will be upholstered using sophisticated black and silver color leather. The new model will have good road-holding abilities, and therefor it will be very fun to drive.
Engine and MPG
Under the hood of 2016 Lexus CT 200h the customers will find a combination of gasoline engine and an electric motor. For the gasoline engine, Lexus has selected the 1,8L Inline-4 petrol engine with the capability of producing 90 hp or 5.200 rpm and 105 lb-ft of torque. The electric motors adds 134 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque, and uses 1,3 kWh nickel-metal battery pack. The engines will be paired with CVT automatic transmission. With this combination, the vehicle is expected to reach a maximum speed of 115 mph. For the US market, estimated fuel economy gives the numbers of 43 mpg for city drive and 40 mpg for highway.
2016 Lexus CT 200h Release date and price
The production of the 2016 Lexus CT 200h will begin this year, and the vehicle should be available at dealers at the beginning of 2016. The price for the base model will be around $32,000, while the sports model will be around $33,000. That is not a big difference between the models, considering that the sports model will come with more features.