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by George Skentzos

Following a leak earlier this week, Lexus has released the first official images and details of its first premium compact model, the Lexus CT 200h.

The first of its kind, the Lexus CT 200h is the world’s only full hybrid compact vehicle to be launched in the premium segment, with the aim to entice new, younger customers to the brand.

It uses a Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain comprising a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine combined with an electric motor with power transferred to the front wheels via a ECVT intelligent electronic continuously variable transmission.

The driver can select between ECO, NORMAL and SPORT driving modes with the latter focusing on more dynamic performance.

An EV (electric vehicle) mode is also available which allows the Lexus CT 200h to travel for up to two kilometres at speeds below 45km/h on electric power alone – ideal for heavy traffic.

While official figures are yet to be released, Lexus anticipates its CT 200h will boast class-leading CO2 emissions and NOx emissions than equivalent diesel engines with almost no particulates.

The design of the Lexus CT 200h retains strong links to the LF-Ch concept on which it is based, styled for maximum aerodynamic efficiency and minimum wind noise.

Lexus has kept the asymmetrical interior design seen in the concept, split into an upper Display Zone, with an eight-inch LCD multi-display screen; and a lower Operation Zone, with the shift lever and other controls such as Lexus’s Remote Touch multi-function controller.




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