Mike Stevens | Feb 15, 2010

LEXUS IS SET to unveil its new CT 200h entry-level hybrid in Geneva next month, first previewed as the Lexus LF-Ch Concept at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show.

The announcement follows news last August that Toyota had submitted trademark applications for a number of models under the CT badge. According to Lexus, the CT 200h will be the first full hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment, where the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series are among its competitors.

The Japanese luxury carmaker has not revealed specific details for its new hybrid, but it is expected to utilise second-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive technology, including the ability to drive in an all-electric mode.

The 2009 Lexus LF-Ch concept.
The 2009 Lexus LF-Ch concept.

While specific engine sizes have not been confirmed, expect a Prius-derived 1.8 litre four-cylinder, a 2.4 litre four-cylinder and a 3.5 litre V6 to be hooked up to a performance-optimised version of Toyota's hybrid drive system.

The new Lexus is expected to sit below the IS sedan and HS 250h hybrid. For now, the above teaser image is all that Lexus has offered. More details are expected when the car is unveiled next month.

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