• Feb 12, 2010
Another Lexus hybrid is coming, and it's coming soon. Remember that solid gold Lexus LF-Ch Concept we saw last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show? We referred to it as something of a deformed puffer fish with some nice Lincoln Concept C cues. Well guess what? It's a concept no more and it's coming to the Geneva Motor Show in just a few short weeks so that us and the rest of the automotive press can ooh, ah and head scratch in unison.

Not only that, but Lexus has dropped the silly LF-Ch name and replaced it with the not-quite-as-meaningless but equally clunky moniker CT 200h. We know, we know – 200h means the car has a 2.0-liter engine plus an electric motor. How exciting! That is, unless it's like the LS 600hL, where the 600h means the 5.0-liter V8 combined with the electric motor is theoretically as powerful as a 6.0-liter V12. There we go again, attacking overused alphanumerics...

As for the CT 200h, here's your de rigueur teaser shot. We know next to nothing about the car, other than that Lexus views the gas/electric compact luxury hatchback as a "gateway model" to its other hybrid vehicles. These include the RX 450h, GS 450h, the aforementioned LS 600hL and the HS 250h that Lexus oddly left out of the CT's press release. Does that mean the CT could be replacing the HS? 99.9% no, but we're grasping at straws here, trying to sex up this post. Perhaps it's best for us just to say, "we'll know more in Geneva." Tiny little information-free press release after the jump.




[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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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a big Hybrid fan. Though Hybrids can be good, I'm still at a stage where I still like a good ole' fashion internal combustion engine (Simple gas engine = Less things to go wrong, and far cheaper and easier to repair, and time tested and reliable). That being said if Lexus comes out with a petrol only, this car should be a pretty decent ride. Though the looks are growing on me, but I'm not entirely smitten yet.

      And yes, I'm aware my opinion doesn't really matter. But there you you have it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just grab the golf tdi. sport suspension standard. great interior. great nav mmi. 34 combined. I seriously doubt we'll be seeing prius numbers out of this lexus hatch, so there's already an alternative waiting for you. Or the A3 TDI if you want to spend more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        More for less? Lexus? In what regard? Equal performance and luxury feel for less? Did you miss autoblogs most recent lexus review, the IS350C? Hell or even the IS-F? or the LF-A? Not a single ‘performance’ lexus product on the market offers equal performance for less. What the hell are you fanbois smoking.

        sigh, you fanbois and your crazy talk. the golf tdi starts around 22k with sport suspension standard. by pricing cars right are you implying the lexus ct 200h will start LESS than that, and by extension, the prius?

        stigma? in your head maybe. sales would seem to indicate there's not much of a stigma either as far as german cars or diesels are concerned, at least at the rate sales continue to increase in the us, and worldwide.

        Is it really that hard to be such an enthusiastic fanboi while being reasonable at the same time?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zamafir

        Wish it was that easy. If the Germans knew how to price their cars right buying one would be less of an issue. The Japaneses how proven to give MORE for LESS. Which is why Japanese cars are so popular. Not to say German cars are not good but the Japaneses offer equal or more performance with more luxury and features for less.

        Plus...you don't get that horrible stigma/perception Germans cars get. That's a plus in my book.


        Who knows what numbers you will get from this car...but its lightweight, small and is a hybrid so I believe we will see some great numbers from it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        zamafir


        Theres no point in arguing with zamafir guy. Its useless. Lexus has beat the Germans over and over again. Ever since the beginning they have...did he forget the LS400 ?

        "Compare the IS-F to the RS4, C63AMG, or M3. It's slower and more expensive, on any relevant track, in a straight line."

        Ummmmm idk where you get your "facts" from but your wrong. Period. First of all, the IS-F is the cheapest car in the bunch, offers the second most hp right below the C63, the IS-F beat the AWD RS4 on the track and handles much better, the IS-F also beat the C63 on the track and reviews said the IS-F is more nimble then the C63. The IS-F is faster then the RS4 and M3 watch youtube (watch youtube and get out the books). The IS-F has more power and tq then the M3 and will outrun it every time, not to mention its 170 limited topspeed. The ISF has more low-end tq which means more grunt and power. The M3 only beats the IS-F buy a few ticks...i don't see that as such a win. Fifth gear did both a track run with the M3 and IS-F and the M3 beat the IS-F by.3 secs. Not to mention the IS-F is a better deal with more luxury and tech, the IS-F is still cheaper then a less equipped M3. Not to mention the IS-F is more head turner compared to the boring looking M3. The RS4 is outdated and front heavy, said over and over again which hurts its track performance. Around the city where MOST of there cars will spend their life's, you wont be going anywhere near there limits of handling so who faster on the track is doesn't matter. Its the engine and most usable power will win the day. Which the M3 loses here because you NEED to rev it to get the most out of its engine, where the IS-F power band is all there. In the city where theses cars live the IS-F will eat the M3 from light to light.

        The IS-F is right up there with the Germans and im sure that the next IS-F is going to be even more fierce. They fact that you thinks its not show how gullible you are...zamafir
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3 - not as universally annoying as you fan boys as the ratings show. Sorry the truth hurts. Lexus DOES NOT provide better performance at a cheaper price. period. Compare the IS-F to the RS4, C63AMG, or M3. It's slower and more expensive, on any relevant track, in a straight line. Period. Lexus isn't trying to market their performance division as cheap performance, that worsens the brand image they're going for, most eloquently substantiated by the LF-A.

        Do us all a favor and actually go drive a performance car and get back to me, something in the IS-F range, RS range, M range etc. As for me i've owned my fair share, most recently a B5 S4

        How old are you again? You fanbois really need to make sure the lines you tow are at least consistent with the balls you're licking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's great that more luxurious small cars are being created.

      For drivers who have the cash and can use a smaller car, it's smart to offer an option that meets the fit & finish, styling, and creature comforts to which they've become accustomed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what platform is it based on? And why so similar to the matrix? Whatever, bring it over, vw could use some cajoling to bring the GTD over... well... nm... there's not a chance in hell this will drive better than the golf tdi but i'd still love the option of a GTD :P.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it will be fwd. knowing nothing about the specific model and enough about toyota i can bet my car keys on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's hope that a regular gas-only powertrain is in the works as well and that it comes to the US. If it's reasonably fun to drive, this could be the first Lexus in a while that I'd actually be interested in owning.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I doubt that a gas only will be made. Hybrids are status symbols for most. They want their car to say "hybrid" a mile away. If there is a gas only as well, it dilutes the illusion. Also, you see any hybrid car that also has a gas only get blasted by the press with "for the extra $$$$ you only get x more miles, not worth it. However, when there is no gas only equivalent, like the Prius, that comparison can't be made and the manufacturer can charge a premium for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this is what their calling it. Nice.


      I love hoe the car is turning out. Still waiting for a front shot tho. Wonder how some F-Sport parts will turn this car out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it looks nice, though I could do without the LF-A-ish lines on the front clip.

        It almost looks a little like a prev-gen MS3 to me (without the hood scoop, of course).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder why Toyota make a great body styling to their Lexus model, but not Toyota(recent models don't look as good as Lexus).
      Btw... from what I see, CT200h looks nice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe b/c Toyota is supposed to appeal to a broad(er) consumer audience --- though lately have been skating the fine line b/t bland and semi-trendy. Toyota has to put more effort into the Lexus designs b/c there should be no critique/question about the luxury brand's designs. If you come into the showroom ready to buy, you already know what might want.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome, a Matrix with leather and chrome wheels. Keep it in Europe, we have enough Matrixes(sp?) here. We've got Camry/ES now a Matrix/200h, the Sequia/GX the Prius/250h is sorta a stretch but pretty close. Did I miss anything? What does everyone think will be next?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Matrix.....dude are you serious?

        This has nothing to do with the matrix....for christ sake the Matrix isnt even Hybrid...gesh
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sequoia and GX?? are you kidding me? tell me u're kidding. GX share platform with LC Prado not Sequoia.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He's a nut anyway. Comparing this to a Matrix is like comparing the Prius to a Corolla. Only idiots who can't tell the difference between an apple and orange make that mistake. Or those who say any new sedan looks like some other sedan because it has 4-doors and a trunk.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That ain't no Toyota. It's a Hondawagen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But will floormats be standard?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Based on the concept, this is the first Lexus I would spend my own money on. They should kill the HS250 as soon as this hits the street and bring it to the USA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will be another badly-built, over-hyped, high-priced, hybrid failure like the HS. "Hybrid" isn't enough to overcome the terrible driving dynamics, gutless powertrain and cheap econobox quality.
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