Carrying over from the outgoing Lexus CT200h range, the freshly facelifted model will be offered in Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury variants, with Lexus Australia dropping the previous entry-level Prestige variant.
Taking the base car’s place at $39,990, the Lexus CT200h Luxury (down $7000 from the old Luxury) now features an upgraded in-dash reversing camera, 10-speaker audio system (up from six) and smaller 16-inch alloy wheels. Rain-sensing wipers and Lexus's rotary-style Remote Touch controller carry over as before.
Four optional enhancement packs, ranging from $3250 to $9750, make previously standard items such as leather-accented upholstery, heated seats, satellite navigation, 17-inch alloys and front fog lights all extras.
A moonroof can also be optionally added along with EP1 plus digital radio, Lexus's Enform navigation assistant and a self-dimming interior mirror.
Down $2000, the CT200h F Sport starts at $48,990 and gains new features such as a black roof, larger rear spoiler and Enform as standard.
The optional moonroof adds $2500, while $6500 boosts spec to include the moonroof, parking sensors, a 13-speaker Mark Levinson audio unit, active cruise control with pre-collision safety and a smart card key.
Priced at $56,990 – down $1000 – the Sports Luxury again tops the range and now features Shimamoku trim and privacy glass as standard. Front fog lights and LED headlamps again carry over.
First seen in official images in November last year, the Lexus CT200h facelift includes the adoption of the premium Japanese car maker’s signature spindle grille, new front and rear bumpers, revised alloy wheels and interior changes such as a Lexus IS-style steering wheel and a slimmer central multimedia display screen.
Claimed to provide more “composed and dynamic driving characteristics”, the update also comprises upgrades to the hybrid's chassis and suspension.
Lexus is yet to announce any improvement to the CT200h's claimed combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.1 litres per 100km, or any changes to its 73kW/142Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder-based hybrid powertrain.
Although Lexus claims sharper value for the new-look CT200h, the Japanese hybrid hatchback remains at least $4390 more expensive than the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class (all from $35,600) and $5000 pricier than the Volvo V40 (from $34,990).