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2018-02-20 15:04

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 • Updated exterior and interior styling 
 • One of Lexus’ top-selling models
 • Revised, more modern design, new alloy wheels
 • New interior colour options, larger information display

Cape Town - Refreshed for 2018, the Lexus CT 200h five-door compact combines a sophisticated urban look with unique craftsmanship and the most advanced technologies.

As the most affordable model in the Lexus range, CT 200h has great specification and, in its latest guise, boasts even more kit.  

GALLERY: Lexus CT 200h

CT 200h has become Lexus’ best-selling hybrid model globally.  And since its launch in 2011, with the first-generation model, CT 200h has sold more than 300 000 units globally.

So what's new?

New additions include a sporty look, family spindle grille with mash panel detail.  Spicing up the premium five-door hybrid's profile are sportier wheels that include a new 10-spoke 16” design that features dark metallic paint with bright machine-finished surfaces.  The CT 200h also features a black roof in bi-tone colours.

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Exterior tweaks

The model has a a more assertive presence, with a number of new exterior details, including a cleaner, more prominent arrangement of the signature Lexus spindle grille and front bumper and repositioning of the arrowhead daytime running lights above new single-projector LEDs.

The headlights feature projector LEDs with a smoked metallic finish. The daytime running lights keep their “arrowhead” shape, but have been repositioned above the headlights.

Changes have also been to the rear of the vehicle with a new garnish and treatment of the lower rear bumper section. Sportier wheel designs spice up the CT 200h’s profile — including a new 10-spoke 16” wheel that features a two-toned combination of machined and dark metallic finish.

Interior updates

Inside, the cabin is replete with fine trim and upholstery materials, rich soft-touch surface textures and a “form-follows-function” styling philosophy. According to the selected multimedia system, the central display screen has been enlarged from 7” to 10.3”for the Lexus Premium Navigation – for clearer presentation and greater ease of use.

The range of interior colourways has also been increased and now includes standard nuluxe material in Black/Fundamental and Sunflare Brown/Fundamental.

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Lexus Hybrid drive
CT 200h introduced Lexus’ second-generation petrol-electric and self-charging hybrid technology to the premium compact segment. 

The system combines a 73kW, 1798cc Atkinson Cycle petrol engine with a powerful, 82 DIN hp/60kW electric motor. Total output is 100kW, enabling acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in 10.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 180km/h. Fuel consumption is just 4.1litres/100km and class-leading CO2 emissions of  95g/km.

Drive mode select

Three on-demand drive modes can be selected – EV, ECO and SPORT.

EV, ECO and Normal modes place the emphasis on a relaxing drive from start-up and at speeds below 45km/h, CT 200h will automatically operate in EV mode for short distances when conditions permit, running solely on its electric motor, with zero tailpipe emissions and minimal noise. The CVT 200h’s system allows for regenerative braking, which significantly improves fuel economy and reduces emissions.

Price 

The South African model retails for R529 300 and includes a 4 Year/ 100 000km Distance Maintenance Plan. 

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