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by Matt Brogan

Lexus has today confirmed its all-new CT 200h hybrid hatch will launch in Australia from mid next year.

The Lexus CT 200h is the fourth hybrid model from the brand to be made available in Australia, and will become this country’s most advanced hatchback model.

Lexus chief executive, Tony Cramb says the Lexus CT 200h will redefine the luxury hatch segment.

“The traditional definition of luxury vehicles is changing,” said Mr Cramb.

“Today consumers are looking for efficient vehicles that do not compromise on driving experience and features. Lexus’ range of hybrid vehicles and the CT 200h are the vehicles for them.

“When you take into account CT 200h’s hybrid drive train and its list of advanced features, it’s clear to see why CT 200h will become Australia’s most advanced luxury hatchback.

“CT 200h will be Lexus’ most significant vehicle since the introduction of the IS Line, bringing with it a whole new range of customers to the brand.

“The arrival of the CT 200h in 2011 only reinforces Lexus’ commitment to hybrid vehicles and cements our real-world hybrid advantage in the luxury market.”

When launched, the CT 200h will be Australia’s only fully hybrid luxury hatch. The model will be powered by a 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid drive train with a high performance battery.

The CT 200h will offer two drive modes – Normal & Sport – to extract the best efficiency from the battery pack in daily driving conditions and the best handling from the sporty chassis when more performance is required.

In Sport mode, the CT 200h offers sharper throttle response and a quicker steering action from the car’s Electronic Power Steering (EPS).

Like most hybrids, the CT 200h will also feature EV (electric only) and Eco running modes to further maximise efficiency and range while at the same time reducing harmful emissions.

To assist efficiency even more, the CT 200h boasts a slippery aerodynamic design. The front and rear corners of the body are narrowed to improve air flow along the vehicle’s profile and minimise wind turbulence within the wheel arches. Similarly, the sides of the cabin are slightly tapered and the rear edge of the roof lowered to further reduce drag.

The Lexus CT 200h is also fitted as standard with unique 17-inch alloy wheels and blue badging specific to Lexus hybrid vehicles.

Lexus’ luxury hybrid hatch will go on sale during the first-half of 2011. Pricing and full specification details will be released closer to the launch.

  • Leon

    “The Lexus CT 200h is the fourth hybrid model from the brand to be made available in Australia”
    What are the others? Prius, Camry? Two models!

    • Camski

      Speaking Lexus only, you have the RX450h, GS450h and LS600hL.

      • Leon

        I thought Lexus is Toyota, sorry!

        • ABMPSV

          Toyota owns Lexus.

        • bulldogs

          Leon don’t know anything !!!

  • Howard

    I wonder how the price gonna be..

  • Shak

    Well it probably still wont outhandle the 1 series.

    • Nobody

      True but since when did anything out-handle a bmw in it’s equivalent class besides porsches?

      • Camski

        Yeah, not to mention that the 1 Series is RWD which is a major let down on the CT. Would have expected RWD as a minimum. Kind of classes the CT as a Golf competitor (maybe A3 I guess as well) rather than a 1 Series competitor, purely due to a lack of RWD.

        That’s not to say the CT has no chance of handling better than the 1 Series, but RWD certainly does help, especially once you start pumping more power to the wheels.

  • Valet Dabess

    i’d get a 3 over this

    • GTA

      Stick to your Mazda 3. You probably kicking yourself coz you can’t afford this refinement and luxury.

  • Mick

    So it is really just a Hybrid Corolla underneath, as usual from Lexus nothing to be overly excited about.

    • mrxandthexfactor

      corolla is smaller…

  • Andrew Juma

    So Lexus expects us to pay about $50,000 for a re badged Toyota Corolla. Right.

    • The Realist

      It works for Audi sorry Volkswagen…

  • jay

    So this is the hybrid Corolla, with leather and wood grain? You’re not fooling me!

    Come on Toyota. Bring out the FT86 already!

    • mrxandthexfactor

      there is not friggin piece of wood in CT and it\’s got so many more technologies and features in this car than the Corolla. Toyota will be producing the FT-86 in 2012 and that\’s about 7 years after they stopped selling their last sports car: the Celica

  • Able

    I fail to see why all the thumbs down on all the negative comments and I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but this car is bloody ugly and doesn’t work as a design. I doubt this many people like it…It’s not smooth. It’s a Corolla Hybrid with Lexus badges, nuff said.

    And btw, I like this more than the HS250h…

    • Mick

      Thanks Able, all I think I did was point out the obvious, underneath this is a Corolla, same as an IS is a Camry/Aurion and a GX is a Prado etc.

      Sorry if others can’t see or didn’t already know this news but its not a hidden fact!

      • Ryan

        Errrrr, here’s a fact: you do not know much at all. IS250 is nowhere related to an aurion or camry. Firstly it is a RWD not a FWD. Secondly it has a totally different engine and transmission. Thirdly the body is much smaller. Everything in the interior is different. All exterior panels are differnt. It’s on a totally different platform mate. Have you actually driven one, or are you an armchair expert? My bet is on the latter.

        There is no GX in Australia, that’s in the US… here indeed it is called a Prado.

  • Steve-Poyza

    The concept looked great. This looks awkward.

  • Neo Utopia

    I hate to admit it but the design is growing on me, not like my facial hair but like my hair with a couple of weeks of growth after a slightly unusual hair cut thanks to the slightly adventous barber.