Priced from $39,990, the compact luxury hybrid will undercut the most inexpensive vehicle currently offered by Lexus in Australia – the IS 250 Prestige – by more than $15,000, opening the premium Japanese marque up to a brand new customer base.
The entry-level Prestige model will be well equipped, coming standard with smart start, eight airbags, dual-zone climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lamps, ‘two-mood two mode’ sport and eco driving functionality, cruise control, metallic paint and USB connectivity.
All other models get a reversing camera, while the Sports Luxury model also gets Active Cruise Control and Pre-Collision Safety System.
Full details and model specifications will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s launch.
A 1.8-litre petrol engine teamed with a rear-mounted electric motor provides a combined maximum output of 100kW, and the CT 200h will beat the Toyota Prius with a combined cycle fuel consumption of just 3.8 litres/100km.
Power is transferred via an electrically controlled continuously variable transmission (e-CVT). The performance figures remind us that the CT 200h is still a hybrid despite the hot hatch styling, with a 0-100km/h sprint time of 10.3 seconds and a top speed of 180km/h.
All models are covered by Lexus’ four-year/100,000km warranty, and an eight-year warranty on the hybrid battery.
The 2011 Lexus CT 200h will be launched at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, which runs from March 24 to 27, for the following Manufacturer’s List Prices:
- Prestige – $39,990 (Leather – $3000, leather and moonroof – $5000)
- Luxury – $48,990
- F Sport – $49,990 (Moonroof – $2500)
- Sports Luxury – $55,990 (Sports bumpers – $1500)