We first heard hints that Lexus was interested in the names CT 200h, CT 300h and CT 400h last fall when we learned the automaker had trademarked the titles. Today, Lexus officially announced that a new full hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment called the CT 200h will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Details, unsurprisingly, are incredibly sparse at the moment. Lexus says the CT 200h is a gateway model and will have the second-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive technology. We've speculated in the past that the new hybrid will get an engine based on the 1.8-liter unit with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive from the latest Toyota Prius or maybe the 2.4-liter hybrid drivetrain that's in the new HS250h. For a glimpse of what the CT 200h might look like, check out the Lexus LF-Ch compact hybrid concept. We'll know more on March 2nd when the CT 200h is unveiled in Switzerland.

[Source: Lexus]

PRESS RELEASE

WORLD DEBUT FOR LEXUS CT 200h AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

KEY POINTS

* World-first appearance of the Lexus CT 200h
* First and only full hybrid model in the premium compact segment
* New gateway model to progressive luxury and the Lexus brand

Six months after revealing the LF-Ch concept, Lexus is set to unveil its new CT 200h model at the Geneva motor show.

Created for motorists who want to lower their emissions, but not their standards, the CT 200h will be the first full hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment. It will offer new levels of refinement, sophistication and attention to detail, without compromising style or driving pleasure.

Equipped with second-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive technology, the CT 200h reinforces Lexus's hybrid power leadership in the premium market, joining the established RX 450h, GS 450h and LS 600h models to create an unprecedented range of full hybrid vehicles.

The critically acclaimed Lexus LFA supercar will also be on show at Geneva, just ahead of the initial order period for the model coming to a close.

Andy Pfeiffenberger, Vice President Lexus Europe, will host a press conference on Stand 4211 in Hall 4 at 4.45pm on 2 March
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