2014 LEXUS CT200H AUSTRALIA
For 2014, the line-up matches the outgoing model’s opening price of $39,990 for the CT 200h Luxury model, while the F Sport and Sports Luxury benefit from slight price cuts.
The line-up has also been streamlined: the previous Luxury model has been cancelled, while the Prestige model has been specced up to take over the Luxury name.
The three remaining trim grades get new features along with an upgraded chassis and suspension.
The updated CT picks up the latest evolution of the Lexus ‘spindle grille’ design, marking the hatch’s first major update since debuting in 2010.
Styling tweaks are rounded out by new wheel designs, but Lexus says there’s a lot more to the CT’s updates than what we see on the outside.
"The changes to CT 200h are more than skin deep; the depth of improvements go right to the heart of the model, improving its overall dynamic capabilities, driveability and visual appeal," Lexus Australia boss Sean Hanley said at the updated CT’s unveiling.
Lexus says the new CT benefits from improved rigidity, thanks to additional spot welding to the body structure and new-generation adhesives.
The CT also gets improved suspension tuning with optimised coil-spring rates, new shock absorber valving, and stronger rear stabiliser bar.
There has also been attention to 'Noise, Vibration and Harshness' (NVH); Lexus says it has employed 94 separate measures to improve on-road refinement.
The CT's hybrid powertrain remains unchanged, with a 1.8 litre petrol engine and rear-mounted electric motor and generator.
Together, the petrol-electric hybrid system produces 100kW and 207Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via an electrically-controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT).
And while the CT's hybrid drivetrain is not quite brimming with power, the driver now has a switchable traction control 'off' switch for greater driver involvement.
For 2014, the entry model picks up a reversing camera - meaning all models now offer the technology - along with 10 speakers (up from six), the new rotary-style Lexus Remote Touch controller, and rain-sensing wipers.
There’s also new wheels, new design display screens, a new shift lever, and a new steering wheel inspired by the larger IS sedan.
Next in line is the F Sport model, now priced at $48,990 - $2000 less than in the outgoing range.
Upgrades to the F Sport include a black roof, a larger rear spoiler and the Enform internet connectivity pack.
At the top of the trio is the $56,990 Sport Luxury, now $1000 less than before. Upgrades include LED headlights and fog lamps, a new ‘Shimamoku’ trim, and tinted glass.
Enhancement packages are also available for each model, listed below.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
CT 200h Luxury - $39,990
- Enhancement 1, $3250: leather-accented interior, seat heaters, 17" alloys and fog lamps.
- Enhancement 2, $5750: as above, plus moonroof.
- Enhancement 3, $7250: Builds on pack 1 with digital radio, Enform, satellite navigation and self-dimming interior mirror.
CT 200h F Sport - $48,990
- Enhancement 1, $2500: adds moonroof
- Enhancement 2, $6500: as above, plus PCS, ACC, smart card key and Mark Levinson audio
CT 200h Sports Luxury - $56,990