Just a little over two months after the Lexus CT200h facelift was unveiled, the premium carmaker has given this hybrid hatchback yet another update. This “Minor Change” in Lexus speak, sees subtle aesthetic enhancements along with a new mid-range variant that sits below the F-Sport.
In Japan, the CT200h is now offered in four variants: base-spec, Version C (new variant), F Sport and Version L. The previous facelift which brought about the new spindle grille, U-Shaped headlamps and new LED taillamps remains on the Minor Change model. However, the new Version C adds a newly-designed 16-inch dual-tone aluminium alloy wheels. The spindle grille on F-Sport variant is now finished in black, to tie in with the dark accents of the roof and rear bumper.
F-Sport also gets two additional exclusive paint choices – Lava Orange Crystal Shine and Heat Blue Contrast, bringing the total exterior colour palette to 13.
Inside, customers can select one of the three interior panel finishes available – Bamboo (Natural Brown with Matt finish), Sanfrea Brown or Book Aluminium for their Minor Change CT200h. Lexus has also added a variety of colour combinations for the two-tone upholstery; some are absolutely gorgeous, some are just plain bizarre.
Lexus has made Lexus Safety System+ active safety systems a standard fitment on all CT200h’s during the previous facelift exercise – Collision Avoidance Support Pre-Crash Safety, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Control Function, Automatic High Beam and Radar Cruise Control; in efforts to achieve their target of “Zero traffic accident casualties”.
The CT200h Minor Change remains powered by a 2ZR-FXE 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder paired to a 60 kW electric motor to give a combined output of 136 hp. Drive is sent to the front wheels via an e-CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). Lexus claims a rated fuel economy of 3.28 litres per 100 km.
In Japan, the CT200h Minor Change retails from ¥3.77 million (RM147k) to ¥4.77 million (RM186k). It’s a shame that fully imported hybrid models no longer receive tax incentives from the Government because there was a time when the CT200h was flying off the shelf with a sticker price of RM168k.