If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. So goes the saying, and Lexus seems to be taking it to heart. In addition to the hybrid versions of the Japanese luxury marque's conventional cars, Lexus is intent on offering a dedicated luxury hybrid. The original HS 250h failed to gain traction, so to speak, in the marketplace, and was quickly withdrawn from just about every market but Japan's. Lexus followed up with the CT 200h, exclusively packaging a hybrid powertrain into a premium hatchback form, but while it's been more successful than its predecessor, there's still room for improvement.

That's what Toyota and its premium division are going for with a slightly refreshed take on the CT. Spied completely undisguised (and in F-Sport guise) less than a month ago, the facelifted CT 200h is now confirmed for debut not at the LA Auto Show or the Tokyo Motor Show but at the Guangzhou Motor Show that's set to take place at the same time in China.

Although Lexus hasn't revealed much in the way of details and only two images, it's plain to see that what we're looking at is a mildly refreshed version of the existing CT 200h. The front end is now dominated by the spindle grille that adorns the rest of the Lexus range, flanked by reshaped headlamps. The rear end has been updated as well, but whether the cosmetic changes are joined by any mechanical ones – or, for that matter, if the changes made will be enough to put the hybrid hatchback ahead in the sales curve – remains to be seen.
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NEW LEXUS CT 200h TO DEBUT AT THE 2013 GUANGZHOU MOTOR SHOW
WORLD PREMIERE ON NOVEMBER 21, 2013

Brussels, Belgium - Lexus announced today that the world premiere of the new CT 200h will take place at the 2013 Guangzhou Motor Show in China, on November 21, 2013.

The CT 200h was introduced in 2010, and was the world's first full hybrid luxury compact car.

The new CT 200h features a more dynamic and sophisticated exterior design, including a new Lexus 'spindle grille'. Newly designed alloy wheels and a new rear look which features a more horizontal structure also reinforce its distinctiveness.

All other details about the new CT 200h will be revealed at the upcoming Guangzhou Motor Show. A press conference will be held on November 21 at the Lexus booth, Hall 5.1 in the China Import and Export Commodities Fair Complex.


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      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      When the CT 200H first came out I sent my dad shopping for one - he was in the market for a new car, and was lamenting the loss of his Audi and complaining about the poor comfort of his Prius. The CT seemed like the perfect car for him; great mileage in a luxury ride. But he found that it was a big ol' mess of compromise. It was more sluggish than his Prius, didn't get quite the mileage, and not all that comfortable - not luxury that he was expecting. Hopefully things will improve with this next refresh a bit.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
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          waetherman
          • 1 Year Ago
          He kinda did - he opted for a VW Passat Diesel. Even with all the trimmings it's not luxo, but it's pretty comfortable.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      oh man. one of the ugliest hatchbacks just got even uglier!
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      When will Lexus admit that the spindle grille was a mistake? I have always thought that the CT was a decent looking hatch that needed more power and refinement to be considered "luxury" or better mileage to be considered worth the premium over the Prius . Unfortunately, this update does nothing to correct the power or mileage issue and does not actually improve the looks.
      dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      they still sell this thing?
      trevor-k
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like garbage. It is probably the slowest hatch in history with a 0-60 in 10 seconds. The C-pillar is one of the worst in history. The interior is probably the worst part as nothing about it is premium. The A3 and A series hatch are 10x better than this thing.
      banzairx7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still ugly.
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks great. One of the best looking hatchet backs ever made IMO. This car is crying out for another power train! Lexus could up sales more if along side the hybrid was a petrol turbo model.
      Cyrus Brooks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lexus needs to drop that hideous grille design. Garish design doesn't make them more competitive against the Germans.
        NamorF-Pro
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cyrus Brooks
        The suspension and chassis setup does; actually Lexus is better than most Germans at that. But I agree, design-wise Lexus could use a new design team. The older models looked better despite bring bland. They should just mix the old and new design language using the pieces that people like and throwing out the crap like separation of lights and LEDs, so on.
      JVP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Brilliant car. Test drove one, and this will probably be my next vehicle. Fuel sipping like a Prius, but looks a LOT better, nicer interior, and much quieter. Starting to see a lot of these where I live, just took a while for people to realize they exist.
      RC
      • 1 Year Ago
      The main problem with the CT 200h is that it uses the same chassis as the Corolla.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lexus stop the madness with that ugly grille! I just throw up in my mouth every time I see a Lexus now.
      MTN RANGER
      • 1 Year Ago
      Call me when Toyota/Lexus releases a real plug-in (at least 30 miles AER, not the wimpy 11 miles of the PIP).
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