Out of nowhere, Lexus gave the CT200h hatchback a much needed update. Marketed as a premium sport compact hatchback, the Lexus CT200h goes back to 2011 and is essentially a fancier, more luxurious Prius.
The CT200h was the first Lexus model to be featured with the company’s signature “Spindle Grille”, although it was conservatively shaped unlike modern Lexuses. New to this facelift is of course the grille, new “arrowhead” LED DRLs and L-shaped tail lamps together with a redesigned lower bumper.
The F Sport gets dressed in swanky 17-inch gunmetal wheels whereas the regular CT200h settles for a new 10-spoke 16-inch rims. Inside, all CTs are equipped with a larger 10.3-inch infotainment screen.
The CT200h’s safety is enhanced with the Safety System+, a suite which comprises of pre-collision warning with autonomous braking, radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.
Nothing has changed under the hood, so motivating the CT200h is still the 1.8-litre four cylinder petrol engine paired with a 60kW electric motor. Total output is 136 hp and all that gets sent to the front wheels through Toyota’s e-CVT.
There’s a very slim chance for Lexus Malaysia to reintroduce this popular hybrid hatchback, because back then it carried a remarkably attractive sticker price of RM168,000. Not anymore, it seems.