Lexus planning high performance and plug-in hybrid versions of the CT 200h

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 6, 2010

If you thought that Lexus will introduce coupe or estate versions of the 2011 Lexus CT200h, well… you should forget about this as the manufacturer has no plans for these. According to Toyota Europe boss Didier Leroy the new Lexus CT200h will not be sold in sufficient numbers to justify a coupe or wagon variant of the model.

However, Lexus is considering a higher performance version of the CT200h as well as a plug-in hybrid version which will make its debut after 2012.

Furthermore, Lexus is also planning a new model topped to be a smaller SUV, which will take on cars such as the Bmw X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK and the Audi Q5.

Regarding the recently introduced 2011 Lexus CT200h, this model is powered by the 1.8-liter 98 hp (73kW VVT-i) gas engine found also on the Toyota Prius, but also by an 80 hp (60 kW) electric motor, in order to deliver a total output of 134 hp (100kW).

The car accelerates to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 9.8 seconds and has a combined EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 42 mpg.

As expected, the car can also act as an all-electric vehicle for up to one mile and at speeds of up to 28 mph. The 2011 CT 200h offers two distinct driving moods, Dynamic and Relaxing, as well as four driving modes: full hybrid's EV, ECO, NORMAL and SPORT. [via egmCarTech]

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