For those who don’t know, the Lexus CT 200h was launched in spring 2010 and since then the car attracted younger customers to the brand, contributing significantly to company’s growth in Europe. As of March 2011, the Lexus CT 200h accounted more than 70 per cent of Lexus Hybrid Drive orders.
In order to boost the sales even further, the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show marks the debut of the new CT 200h F-Sport, a new version designed to appeal to an even wider customer base.
As expected, the new version will bring a sporty design and will come with design features such as front and rear aero bumpers, a mesh treatment for the upper and lower front grilles, new side skirts, a larger spoiler as well as a new set of 17-inch dark-finish alloy wheels and F-Sport side badges.
The interior offers a new steering wheel with perforated leather, aluminum pedals, black roof lining and F-Sport Lexus scuff plates.
A choice of F-Sport upholstery will include a mesh-pattern fabric with black side bolsters, or black leather with contrasting white perforations. Additional equipment features will be provided as standard and includes: cruise control, a lateral performance damper system and auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integral rear-view camera screen.
For those who want even more, Lexus will also offer optional features such as: full-map navigation, heated, electrically adjustable seats, LED headlights and Smart Entry and Start.
The Lexus CT 200h was particularly developed to give you the utmost riding comfort and superior handling that you have come to expect from all Lexus cars.
The Lexus CT 200h has a new platform that features several exclusively developed applications for the chassis, body and the powertrain control system. All of these give the customers two new driving modes: Relaxing and Dynamic, on top of the Normal, Eco, EV, and Sport driving modes that we already have now.
The engineers at Lexus focused on every part of the new car’s bodyshell construction. They lowered the center of gravity, made the body very rigid and also reduced NVH levels, helping them offer the two new driving modes.
There is also a new and one-of-a-kind lateral performance damper system in the Lexus CT 200h, which is the first car to see such a system. This aims to minimize vibrations for a more comfortable ride and steadier steering feel.
The new CT 200h also has a customized suspension design that combines a double wishbone and trailing arm architecture at the back with the L-arm type MacPherson strut at the front.
As part of the efforts to give the CT 200h outstanding handling stability, engineers have made sure that the bodyshell has utmost structural rigidity. The car’s torsional rigidity has been improved through the use of comprehensive cross-bracing, one-of-a-kind lateral stabilizers to the front engine mounts, optimized weld points, and reinforcements to the steering and suspension assemblies. All of these also helped minimize vibrations.
The use of a fully closed cross-section around the back door also helped increase torsional stiffness, as well as reinforced the rear wheel housings and the rear side member.