Lexus CT 200h featuring the ideal driving position

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

Driving a vehicle requires a lot of focus on the road. That is why the driver has to be seated as ideally as possible. As for the new Lexus CT 200h full hybrid, the premium carmaker has made sure that the sporty vehicle comes with the ideal driving position.

For instance, Lexus brought the driver hip point as close as possible to the hybrid’s center of gravity. This low driver hip point is complemented by a new sports steering wheel – with a wide grip cross-section – that is set at a lower, 21-degree angle.

Moreover, Lexus angled both the accelerator and brake pedal to adjust for the lower hip point. Lexus also optimized the steering column angle of the new Lexus CT 200h full hybrid. On the other hand, the design of the driver’s seat is similar to that of the high performance Lexus IS F – boasting of additional lateral and lumbar support.

With this extra support, the seat could firmly and comfortably hold the driver in place even during a sporty piloting session. That is understandable, since the seat is designed to allow drivers to optimize the vehicle’s agile handling and responsive performance.

Lexus also fitted the full hybrid CT 200h with a new engine air intake design to pave way for low bonnet profile. Of course, this low bonnet profile ensures that the driver—even when lodged in the low-set seat – could have a clear uncompromised forward vision that could maintain pedestrian protection quality.

Thus, with the new seat design and location as well as new steering wheel position and angle of the pedals, Lexus has made sure that the new Lexus CT 200h full hybrid offers an ideal and sportiest driving position for its pilot.

This ideal driving position, coupled with agile handling, responsive steering and a number of driving modes, allows the new Lexus CT 200h full hybrid to deliver not only an environmentally efficient yet sporty performance, but also astounding driving pleasure.

Lexus is planning to unveil the new CT 200h full hybrid at the upcoming Paris motor show, and commence sales in the United Kingdom early next year.

Press Release

PRIME POSITION FOR A SPORTY DRIVE

Lexus focuses on ideal driving position for new CT 200h

KEYPOINTS

  • Lexus configures ideal driving position for new CT 200h full hybrid – the sportiest set-up of any regular Lexus production model
  • Driver hip point brought as close as possible to the car’s centre of gravity
  • New air intake system designed to ensure bonnet profile can maintain pedestrian protection quality without compromising forward vision from the low-set driver’s seat
  • Driver’s seat includes additional lateral and lumbar support
  • Design enables drivers to make the most of CT 200h’s agile handling and responsive performance

The moment drivers get behind the wheel of the new CT 200h, there will be no mistaking the sporty character of Lexus’s debut model in the luxury small car market. Great attention has been paid to perfecting the ideal driving position, with seat design and location, steering wheel position and even the angle of the pedals calculated for the best possible results.

Lexus considered this element of the full hybrid CT 200h to be so important, it even came up with a new engine air intake design so that the bonnet profile could be kept low to ensure a clear view from the low-set driver’s seat, without compromising pedestrian safety performance.

The result is the sportiest driving position of any mainstream Lexus production vehicle, much in line with that of the high performance IS F. Central to this achievement is the low hip point of the driver’s seat, which has been brought as close as possible to the car’s centre of gravity.

Low hip point

This is complemented by a new sports steering wheel with a wide grip cross-section, set at a lower, 21-degree angle. The accelerator and brake pedal are also angled to take the lower hip point into account.

Optimised steering column angle

The driver’s seat design – like that of the IS F – has extra lateral and lumbar support built-in to hold the driver firmly and comfortably in place as he or she makes the most of the car’s dynamic performance.

Focus on lateral support

With agile handling, responsive steering and a choice of driving modes, the driver, CT 200h demonstrates that Lexus’s full hybrid drive technology can deliver great driving pleasure as well as environmentally efficient performance.

Lexus will present the CT 200h – the new gateway model for the Lexus range – at the Paris motor show. UK sales will start early next year.

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