Lexus has revealed new details of its upcoming 2011 CT 200h premium entry-level model, accompanied by new images of the sporty hybrid hatch in final testing.
The Japanese luxury brand confirmed today that the CT 200h will be equipped with lateral performance dampers, increasing torsional rigidity front and rear, while also suppressing vibration and greatly improving ride comfort.
Importantly, the improvements come without increasing the vehicle's weight, even more vital for a hybrid vehicle.
Designed similar to a monotube shock absorber, the lateral performance dampers are located between the front suspension towers and across the lower back panel, replacing the traditional rigid bracing.
Ordinarily reserved for more expensive high-end performance cars, Lexus says the CT 200h will stand as one of the first examples of the technology being used in a volume-selling model.
Lexus has a lot riding on the advanced damper technology, having previously declared its goal of making the CT 200h "a benchmark for handling in this segment."
The CT 200h is powered by a 1.8 litre VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine, combined with a rear-mounted electric-drive motor/generator. Power is sent to the front wheels via an electrically-controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT). Specific power figures have yet to be revealed.
Due for an Australian launch in the first half of 2011, the Lexus CT 200h will compete with the likes of BMW's 1 Series and the Audi A3.