U.S. Debut: Lexus CT 200h Hybrid

Though we’ve already seen the Lexus CT 200h at the 2010 Geneva auto show, Lexus decided to bring the little hybrid over to bolster interest in the vehicle before it’s U.S. launch.

As we've reported, the CT 200h pairs a 1.8-liter I-4 with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system. The CT 200h can run on electricity alone for up to 1.2 miles -- as long as you keep speeds below 28 mph. Its CVT transmission offers four drive modes: EV, ECO, Normal, or Sport. The chassis employs a McPherson strut up front and a double wishbone setup out back. The rear suspension uses a lightweight trailing arm, with the coil springs and shock absorbers positioned separately to reduce intrusion into the loadspace floor.

As a premium hatchback, the CT 200h is unabashedly European, although Lexus says it will be available globally. In the U.S., the hatchback will be the fifth hybrid in the Lexus line, slotting next to the recent HS 250h. Be sure to stay tuned to our live New York auto show coverage March 31 and April 1.

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