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Lexus reveals details of CT 200h hybrid

Luxury Honda CR-Z rival will be sporty, says Lexus

Lexus CT 200h hybrid

Lexus says the CT 200h hybrid will be both sporty and comfortable

Lexus reveals further details of its forthcoming hybrid for the compact executive sector: the CT 200h.

The Lexus CT 200h is intended to take on the likes of BMW’s 1 Series and the Audi A3, with the added bonus of petrol-electric hybrid technology.

Dynamic and relaxing?

To this end, Lexus is promising the CT 200h will deliver a driving experience to rival those German competitors, complete with ride and handling settings finalised in Europe, and a hybrid system that can provide both performance and economy.

It will feature Dynamic and Relaxing driving ‘moods’, plus selectable Sport, Normal and Eco driving modes. In Sport the car will use the electric motor to boost acceleration as much as save fuel.

This is something we’ll be interested in testing – while Lexus has scored consistently high marks in our reliability surveys, it’s never been a brand to ignite much motoring passion.

See the results of the 2010 Which? Car survey here

Lexus CT 200h hybrid

It will get suspension kit that’s said to offer great ride quality

Lateral performance dampers

And, as part of the plan to challenge the luxury compact car establishment for driving dynamics, the Lexus CT 200h will feature a volume production world-first in the form of front and rear ‘lateral performance dampers’.

Simply put these form a link between opposite sides of the suspension front and rear; Peugeot has a similar system on the rear of more powerful versions of the 3008, and the concept is also used on some ultra high-performance sports cars.

Lexus claims the lateral dampers reduce vibration, improve steering feel and ride comfort, and help stiffen the body structure, all of which benefit handling and safety. They even improve the quality of the car audio system – apparently.

Exceptional construction quality

Lexus is also talking up the quality of the CT 200h’s construction.

Weld density has been increased, bracing levels are above average and many areas of the body have been given additional reinforcement – again, all with aim of providing a class-leading driving experience.

See our Coming Soon review of the Lexus CT 200h here

On sale early 2011

The Lexus CT 200h will be the brand’s main exhibit at the Paris motor show at the end of September.

It is due to go on sale in the UK early next year. Full pricing and technical details are yet to be announced.


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