2011 Lexus CT 200h will offer driving modes to match your mood

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 3, 2010

Lexus gave more details about the CT 200h model, the new small luxury hybrid car that will start selling in Europe this autumn. According to the driver’s choice of selectable drive modes for the full hybrid system, the CT 200h will be available in two different driving “moods” – Dynamic and Relaxing.

The vehicle is powered by a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine, an electric motor and an electrically controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT).

In a company statement, it was revealed that the EV (electric vehicle), ECO and NORMAL modes focus on the ride comfort, smooth acceleration and low NVH levels in the cabin to achieve a relaxing drive.

The CT 200h is a full hybrid and can operate automatically in EV modes and turns off the petrol engine. When running on electric motor alone, it can go up to speeds of 30 mph.

When this mode is used, tailpipe emissions are eliminated and it’s perfect to be used in slow urban traffic. The level of battery charge and local conditions determine the driving range.

The driver can choose the EV mode manually. Its systems automatically adjust when switching to ECO mode to have maximum efficiency.

When the driver bears down hard on the accelerator, its throttle responses are moderated. And to reduce fuel consumption, its air conditioning performance is adjusted.

When on the Sport mode, the performance is maximized as there’s an increase in the dynamics and power delivery from the electric motor.

The instrument panel also changes when the switch is made for a more dynamic performance. The instrument backlighting instantly shifts from hybrid blue to red and a tachometer display replaces the hybrid power meter. On Sept. 30, Lexus will reveal the pricing details of the CT 200h at the upcoming Paris auto show.

Press Release

Lexus To Introduce A Unique Drive Mode Selector

  • Unique Drive Mode Selector adapts new Lexus CT 200h driving characteristics to driver’s mood
  • Choice of NORMAL, ECO and S SS SPORT PORT PORT PORT modes
  • Simultaneous adaptation of driver’s instruments and cabin illumination to reinforce driving mood

Adapting the new CT 200h to either a Dynamic or Relaxing driving mood, a unique Drive Mode Selector switch offers a choice of NORMAL, ECO or SPORT driving modes.

NORMAL and ECO drive modes place the emphasis on a Relaxing driving mood, with particular attention paid to ride comfort, smooth acceleration and the superb refinement which hallmarks every Lexus.

In ECO mode, throttle response to aggressive accelerator pedal inputs is reduced and air-conditioning control optimized for improved fuel economy. Drivers will enjoy a more relaxed, eco-conscious driving experience with the emphasis on maximum fuel efficiency and minimal emissions.

Specifically tuned to deliver greater electric motor power, SPORT mode focuses on a Dynamic driving mood, allowing drivers to take full advantage of the new CT 200h’s sporting driving position, high body rigidity, unique chassis and suspension settings, direct steering response and engaging agility.

The hybrid system Power Control Unit (PCU) boosts supply voltage by 150v to a maximum 650v, increasing overall powertrain output. Engine revs are held higher, and throttle and Electric Power Steering (EPS) settings are modified to give a faster response to driver inputs.

In addition, SPORT mode provides less intrusive operation of the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC) systems, allowing drivers to fully exploit the new Lexus full hybrid’s extended dynamic abilities.

The highly distinct character of both the CT 200h’s Dynamic and Relaxing driving moods is further reinforced through changes to the driver’s instruments and the cabin lighting, synchronised to driving mode selection.

Backlit in hybrid blue for the NORMAL and ECO drive modes, the instrument panel illumination, Drive Mode Selector switch and a spotlight in the centre cluster automatically alter to red when the SPORT mode is selected. Simultaneously, the hybrid power indicator function alters to that of tachometer.

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