2011 LEXUS CT 200h
Lexus Australia has today announced availability of its smallest and most efficient offering yet, the 2011 Lexus CT 200h hatch.
The CT 200h is described by Lexus as not only the world's first compact luxury hybrid, but also as the first production car to feature eco-friendly 'bio-PET' plastics.
The Japanese luxury brand says the small hatch is also the first compact luxury model to feature a Pre-Collision Safety System (PCS) and, in the case of the F Sport variant, the first to offer an instrument display switchable between a hybrid ECO meter and a tachometer.
Priced from $39,990 for the entry-model Prestige, the CT 200h range will also include Luxury and F Sport models, topping out at $55,900 for the CT 200h Sports Luxury.
Power for the CT 200h is provided by a 1.8 litre VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine producing 73kW and 142Nm of torque, paired with a rear-mounted electric motor/generator.
Together, the petrol-electric hybrid arrangement produces 100kW and 207Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via an electrically-controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT).
According to Lexus, the average owner will save around 489 litres of fuel over the course of a year.
The electric motor draws its power from a nickel-metal hydride battery pack, an arrangement that allows the hybrid hatch to be driven on electric power alone.
Three driving modes are available: Eco, Normal and Sport - allowing the CT 200h to live up to its sporty styling.
"The CT 200h is truly a breakthrough vehicle," Lexus Australia CEO Tony Cramb said. "It doesn't just look good - it brings with it a level of innovation and range of features unheard of in the compact luxury segment."
"CT 200h will be among the highest-rated vehicles sold in Australia, achieving a five-star rating from the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide."
Suspension up front is MacPherson strut, while a double-wishbone setup with a lightweight trailing arm manages the rear-end.
Brakes are 255x25mm ventilated discs up front and 279x10mm solid discs at the rear. The CT 200h's regenerative braking system also uses the electric drive motor as a generator, to convert kinetic energy to electrical energy.
The Prestige variant features Smart Start technology, eight airbags, dual-zone climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lamps, 'two-mood two-mode' sport and eco driving modes, cruise control, USB connectivity and metallic paint.
The CT 200h is offered with one of the most comprehensive features and options lists of any compact car, and in the case of the Prestige variant, two 'Enhancement Packs' are offered.
The Leather Enhancement Pack adds leather-accented trim, in three colours: Black, Water White, and Ivory. It also offers 17-inch alloy wheels, front-seat heaters, reversing camera and self-dimming interior mirror with the reversing camera image shown in the mirror.
The Leather and Moonroof Enhancement Pack adds all the features of the Leather Enhancement Pack, along with an outer-slide moonroof.
The Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury variants add a reversing camera as standard, while the Sports Luxury gains Active Cruise Control and the Pre-Collision Safety System.
The CT 200h F Sport gets its own unique interior trim, including an F Sport steering wheel, sports pedals, scuff plates, instrument panel and privacy glass.
The F Sport model also has sports bumpers, sports side skirts and a large rear spoiler in lieu of the small rear spoiler on regular models.
CT 200h F Sport models also feature Lexus' special body performance dampers front and rear.
The damping technology is designed to increase torsional rigidity, suppressing vibrations and contributing to ride comfort without, Lexus says, the penalty of significant extra weight.
The F Sport includes features that are also offered in the range-topping Sports Luxury grade: driver's power-operated 10-way adjustable seat with memory; electric lumbar support adjustment; intrusion sensor and bonnet switch; tachometer when in SPORT mode; front fog lamps; and exterior mirrors with memory, self-dimming function and auto-retract.
Lexus has also designed the CT 200h to include the world's first use of ecoplastics called bio-PET. The plant-derived ecological plastic contains 30 per cent plant-based materials and has been used in the floor and side trim of the boot.
The CT 200h measures 4320mm long, 1765mm wide and 1430mm tall, making it slightly smaller than the Toyota Prius.
Rear storage is listed as 345 litres with the rear seats up - making it a match for the likes of the Mazda3 - and 700 litres when laid flat.
The CT 200h is equipped with electronically-controlled braking, designed to carry less weight than regular systems while providing more precise brake-force distribution.
There are eight airbags as standard across the range, including driver and front passenger airbags, front knee airbags, front side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.
Standard Active Safety features for all models include Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control and Hill-start Assist Control, along with flashing LED brake lights that are activated under hard braking.
Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury variants are equipped with a rear-view camera, while Active Cruise Control and Pre-Collision safety are standard with the Sports Luxury.
Passive safety features include a rear seatbelt monitor system, along with whiplash injury lessening (WIL).
- Lexus CT 200h Prestige - $39,990
- Leather + $3000
- Leather and moonroof + $5000
- Lexus CT 200h Luxury - $48,990
- Lexus CT 200h F Sport - $49,900
- Moonroof + $2500
- Lexus CT 200h Sports Luxury - $55,900
- Sports bumpers + $1500
Note: prices are Manufacturer's List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.