It has been six years since Lexus introduced the current generation of the CT 200h hybrid. For the 2018 model year, the current CT 200h lives through with some minor updates on its styling. We are hoping that it is the final facelift for the current generation, as Lexus somewhat signaled the impending arrival of the next-gen model by dropping the CT 200h from its lineup in the United States.
Perhaps the most glaring visual tweak made on the 2018 Lexus CT 200h could be found on its front end, particularly on its F Sport style spindle grille. On the 2017 iteration of the CT 200h, the grille features a horizontal bar. Likewise, although the grille looks as if it is one unit, it is actually interrupted on the mid-section. Meanwhile, the spindle grille on the 2018 CT 200h comes with a mesh pattern, and is now continuous from top section to the bottom.
In addition, the new 2018 Lexus CT 200h is now provided with signature “L” daytime running lights that now employ LED technology, as repositioned just above the single-projector headlamps. Moreover, the fog light bezels are now finished in metallic grey as surrounded by an outer frame with a triangular cross-section.
On the rear, the center section of the tailgate now features a sportier design, with the rear bumper receiving a redesign. Likewise, the wider L-shaped tail lights now sport new graphics and now employ all-LED technology. Rounding off the tweaks made on the 2018 Lexus CT 200h is a set of new wheels, with sizes ranging from 15 inches to 17 inches.
Lexus didn’t spend much effort in making changes inside the cabin of the 2018 CT 200h. These changes include the replacement of the seven-inch screen with a 10.3-inch monitor that comes with the new navigation system. Likewise, Lexus added two interior trims: Sunflare Brown Film and Bamboo. Moreover, the carmaker is now offering new colors, including a number of new combinations. These include the two-tone leather in Ochre/Light Ochre, Sunflare Brown/Noble Brown and Chateau/Fromage.
Power source and ratings remain the same for the 2018 Lexus CT 200h -- a 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine and an electric motor paired to an ECVT automatic transmission. However, the new 2018 CT 200h is now available with the so-called Lexus Safety System + package, which already includes Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlights, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with steering wheel control function and Pre-Collision System (PCS).
Meanwhile, a Lexus spokesperson has confirmed that Lexus is indeed dropping the CT 200h from its lineup in the US. This was expected as only 3,311 units of the Lexus CT 200h were sold from January to May 2017, around 11.2 percent lower than the sales during the same period in 2016. Ever since commencing sales of the CT 200h in December 2010 to May 2017, Lexus only sold around 300,000 units – a number that wouldn’t be considered as a success. Lexus will still sell the 2018 CT 200h in Europe, Japan, China and other select markets around the world.