After showing the LF-Ch compact hybrid concept car at various auto shows over the last six months, Lexus is set to debut a production compact hybrid known as the CT 200h at the Geneva motor show in March.
As of now, Lexus has not released any technical details on the car but says it will feature the second-generation of Lexus Hybrid Drive technology. This means the car will likely feature a powertrain similar to the one found in the Lexus HS 250h, the smallest hybrid in the Lexus lineup right now. It uses a four-cylinder engine and one electric motor to propel the vehicle with a second electric motor to control the transmission and restart the engine. Judging by Lexus' hybrid naming convention, the engine will likely be Toyota's 1.8-liter four-cylinder instead of the 2.4-liter unit found in the HS 250h.
When the CT 200h joins Lexus’ lineup, it will become the brand’s entry-level vehicle as well as the first full hybrid in the premium compact segment. It will also become Lexus’ fifth hybrid model and the second hybrid-only model.
Although Lexus has merely shown us a teaser picture, the production compact hybrid looks to have been drastically restyled from the concept. One thing notably missing is the hatch, replaced instead by a standard trunk. Gone are the radical rear lights of the LF-Ch concept, although they still look to be LED units. The sharp, aggressive angles found on the concept’s bumper have also been smoothed out.
We’ll know more when the car is unveiled at the Geneva motor show next month. The show runs from March 4 to 14. Stick with us here at Automobile Magazine when the car’s production form is finally revealed.