The facelifted 2014 Lexus CT200h has been spied free of camouflage, completely uncovering the exterior styling of the updated hybrid hatchback.
Following revealing shots captured last month, the latest images from CarAdvice’s spy photographers show the same white Lexus CT200h F Sport variant testing on public roads in the US with all its identifiers uncovered.
Headlined by a new front end that brings the premium compact hybrid into line with the Japanese manufacturer’s ‘L-Finesse’ design language, the facelift is clearly distinguished by a new spindle grille.
At the rear, tinted tail-lights join a restyled rear bumper and rear diffuser. New-look wheels and a new shark fin-style roof-mounted antenna complete the exterior tweaks.
Touted by Lexus Australia CEO Sean Hanley as a “big opportunity for the brand”, the updated CT200h can’t come soon enough for the local division with the likes of the $35,600 Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3, $34,990 Volvo V40 and $35,600 BMW 1 Series now undercutting its $39,990 starting price.
The 2014 facelift is tipped to be unveiled at either this month’s LA or January’s Detroit auto show before landing in Australia in the first half of 2014. The current Lexus CT200h debuted in Australia in 2011.