Lexus has freshened its exclusively hybrid CT 200h compact hatch with sportier styling, an enhanced cabin and new features including the expansion of advanced safety features across the range.
Design updates on Luxury and Sports Luxury grades begin with a new mesh-pattern grille in place of horizontal bars. Lexus has also removed the integrated bumper division between the upper and lower grille sections.
At the rear, new L-shaped taillights create a wider, sportier look. A new tailgate garnish has been added, enveloping the Lexus emblem between the rear glass and the taillights.
For Luxury and Sports Luxury grades, the lower part of the rear bumper has been reshaped for a more aggressive appearance and gains a new metallic silver-and-black highlight.
F Sport now has an even greater emphasis on black highlights to reinforce its status as the sports-focused variant. It features an exclusive new black mesh pattern for the spindle grille, dark chrome spindle garnish and even black mirror caps. There is an exclusive F Sport lower rear bumper and the rear reflector bezel is larger and features the same lattice pattern as the front grille.
F Sport and Sports Luxury gain Bi-LED headlamps while their “arrowhead” daytime running lights have been repositioned above the single-projector headlamps.
Spicing up the CT 200h’s profile, the Luxury grade’s 16-inch wheels feature a new design with a black centre cap while the 17-inch F Sport wheel is freshened with a dark metallic finish.
Inside, the CT’s cabin features a new 10.3-inch display screen for the Lexus Navigation System, replacing the previous 7-inch screen.
All updated Lexus CT 200h variants are equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ that offers enhanced safety with advanced technologies such as pre-collision system with autonomous braking, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering control and automatic high-beam headlights.
Additional standard equipment for all models includes reversing camera, eight airbags (including driver and front-passenger knee airbags), electronically controlled brake system with ABS, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability control, traction control, hill-start assist control, whiplash-injury lessening front seats and emergency flashing brake lights.
The 2018 CT 200h carries over the company’s widely used Hybrid Drive system, consisting of a 1.8-litre four-cylinder 73kW/142Nm petrol engine paired with a 60kW/207Nm electric motor. Combined, they channel 100kW and 207Nm to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
2018 Lexus CT 200h Australian pricing (excluding on-roads)
1: $4,500 (leather, 17-inch alloys, LED fog lamps, DAB+, heated front seats)
2: $7,000 (adds moonroof to EP1)
F Sport $50,400
1: $2,500 (moonroof)
2: $4,500 (moonroof, Mark Levinson sound, smart key card)
Sports Luxury $56,900
Option (all grades): premium paint $1,000