One of the Lexus Company’s smallest and most affordable models is ready to get some small but noticeable changes. It is the 2018 Lexus CT 200h. This hybrid hatchback was firstly introduced in 2011 and since then it hasn’t changed much. However, how the global market has been updated with the luxury competitors such as Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3, the Lexus Company has decided to give it several improvements. Unfortunately, this redesign is only set for markets outside the United States, where this hatchback is cancelled for the 2018 model year.
For the new Lexus CT 200h we are about to see many adjustments in every segment. The exterior will undergo many changes in both fascias. Although the cabin won’t show many noticeable changes considering its design, we will notice upgraded technology, such as larger infotainment display. As well, the safety systems will be upgraded to the higher level. All in all, we expect better sales of the upcoming Lexus which should become more popular on the road because it will be fun to drive, fuel efficient and more attractive.
2018 Lexus CT 200h engine and performance
When it comes to the engine department, there won’t be any changes under the hood of the 2018 Lexus CT 200h. So, the upcoming CT 200h will be powered with the same engine which powers its forerunner. It is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine combined with an electric motor of 60 kWh. The total output of this drivetrain will be 134 horsepower. The front-wheel drive configuration will be standard. This model will be able to hit 60 mph in around 10 seconds. Its top speed will be limited to 113 mph.
Design of exterior and interior
The new 2018 Lexus CT 200h will receive plenty of small but significant changes all over the body. The whole exterior design will be sportier and more muscular especially on the front. So, on the front fascia we will see a new mesh design of the grille instead of the slatted one. The headlamps will also get a new design and which will give it more aggressive appearance. On the rear end, there will be revised L-shaped tail lamps for sportier look and new bumper which will stand a bit lower now. The new Lexus will ride on 10-spoke 16-inch wheels. However, the F Sport trim will get larger 17-inch ones. All the lights will be equipped with quality LED technology.
Inside, the 2018 Lexus CT 200h will offer one of the nicest cabins in its class. The interior will be a combination of quality materials, nice surfaces and modern features. The interior color palette will expanded with new colors and combinations. It will be offered with two-tone leather combinations, a mixture of fabric and synthetic leather or all fabric upholstery. One of the biggest upgrades in technology segment will be a new display. It is going to be a larger 10.3-inch screen instead of the previous 7-inch display. Furthermore, the new Lexus CT will offer an upgraded Safety System which will include lane departure warning, pre-collision system, automatic high beam, radar cruise control and autonomous braking.
Release date and price
The 2018 Lexus CT 200h should hit the market sometime in the end of 2017. As for the price, the information is still not available. However, we assume that it won’t be less than $33,000.