• Feb 23, 2010
Lexus CT 200h – Click above for image gallery

The World Car Fans crew have received what appears to be an official brochure for the Lexus CT 200h ahead of its reveal next week at the Geneva Motor Show, and while the documents are light on details, we've got our first good glimpse of the brand's Euro-bound hybrid hatch.

The styling has been toned down considerably from the LF-Ch concept that debut in Frankfurt last year, melding a few cues from the IS sedan and a profile remarkably similar to the Toyota Auris.

Coming in at 170 inches long, 69.5 inches wide and 56 inches tall, with a 102-inch wheelbase, the CT 200h is suspended by a MacPherson suspension in front, a double wishbone arrangement in the rear and 17-inch multi-spoke wheels.

Motivation comes courtesy of a 1.8-liter VVT-i-equipped four-cylinder gasoline engine putting out an unspecified output, with a electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission feeding power to the front wheels. A nickel-metal hydride battery pack is mounted below the cargo hold, and three driving modes are available – Eco, Normal and Sport – along with the ability to drive in full EV mode.

We'll have full details on the Lexus CT 200h next week once the shindig in Switzerland gets underway, but until then, check out the brochure in the gallery below.



[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      i think it doesn't look bad at all! it's too bad this isn't coming to the states...i see a lot of functionality given its 5-door layout, similar to the mazda3. will have to see what it looks like during the debut though to get a more accurate feel for the design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agree. I actually think it looks better than the concept.

        Small wagons are cool cars. I don't get the hate on here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, more like a Matrix, my bad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought it was a mazda3 at first glance
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sharp looking car. Just wish it wasn't a hybrid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "full EV mode"

      I'll believe it when I see it. A parallel hybrid cannot work in full EV mode and Toyota's is no exception so far.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Prius cannot run in full EV mode in normal use. You have to keep the speeds slow and your levels of acceleration ridiculously low and be on completely level ground.

        Even if it could get to 50mph in EV mode, it would take 40 seconds (on absolutely level ground!) to do so.

        The Prius is not in any way a series hybrid, as the engine drives the wheels directly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep, and with the right PHEV conversion kit (like the PICC kit) you can run highway speeds without burning a drop of gas.

        Though given the limitations of such a conversion, I'm not sure I'd recommend it as above 50mph or so the engine has to spin to keep the generators from spinning too fast resulting in a lot more frictional losses than if you go slower.

        I'm sure that the official PHEV Prius has been redesigned to avoid that particular limitation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, the Prius can run in full EV mode, even under normal use.

        The main limiting factor is battery capacity.

        EV mode works quite nicely when putting around the neighborhood.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's why the HSD is usually often referred to as a serial / parallel hybrid.
        Toyota Prius, for example, CAN actually run in full EV mode, for a very small range.
        In addition to that, it's always in EV mode when going backward - there's actually no reverse mechanism; the electric motor is just run backward.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This doesn't approach the level of the Honda CRZ concept-to-production mess, but it still stinks. The concept was the best thing Lexus has done so far, and this translation of it looks like a portly, tired, econobox.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota auris???? NOT AT ALL....It is a hatchback IS ;) So simple!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only Lexus that i actually like.. won't make it here.
      Buh!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought a 4-door Volvo C30 would look good!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 3/4 view wasn't too bad, but the side view is horrendous. C-pillar catastrophe! I'm glad it's only for Europe.

      This is coming from an IS300 owner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they really stopped trying, there's almost panamera in that c pilar and that's a BAD thing, and the front end? just grafting the IS maw on the matrix? ala porsche's treatment of the mkI cayanne? It's as though they've aped every scaled design decision porsche got wrong in one car. The concept, the idea of a hybrid luxury hatch, is a good notion. The execution, in terms of design? no. There's a reason the C30 or the A3 share a resemblance with their bigger sedan counterparts but aren't exact copies, a reason the proportions are reworked etc. Cut and Paste does not a new car design make.

        Also, I'm very much looking forward to this in a shoot out with various Audi, VW, and BMW TDI hatchbacks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        talking about Schadenfreude :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing is MUCH better than the terribad Lexus HS hybrid. That car is beyond boring. The styling would have made for a nice IS hot hatch if it were on the IS platform.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So......................

      Toyota bought into Subaru for their design expertise?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doh....
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