Order books are now open for Lexus’s new hybrid CT 200h, which has a starting price of £23,485. It is claimed that the Lexus CT 200h will be capable of 68.9mpg and 94g/km CO2 emissions. There are three spec levels offered, namely: SE-I, SE-L and SE-L Premier.
Entry level spec features climate control, Bluetooth, 17-inch alloys, push button start and LED daytime running lights. Priced at £25,200, the SE-L package has these features plus heated leather seats and parking sensors.
Meanwhile, the top-of-the range SE-L Premier is priced at £30,635 and includes cruise control, HDD sat nav, rear parking monitor and LED headlights.
The Prius power-train has been modified to promote smoothness and to give added power in sport mode; however, it has a sprint time of 10.3 sec for a 0-60mph run, making it slower than its rival, the BMW 118d. Its top speed (at only 112mph) is also lower than BMW’s 130mph.
Lexus outdid itself in providing relatively affordable prices for the new CT 200H, which came out in late 2010. In addition to attaching a £23,485 VAT-inclusive price tag for the 200H’s SE-I model, Lexus also made sure that maintenance costs for owning a CT 200h are made manageable.
This is because Lexus had fitted fuel-efficient engines that are also eco-friendly. Specifically, the Lexus engines in the new CT 200h produce only 94 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilometer traveled. This is all thanks to the Hybrid Drive technology that the powertrain implements.
CT 200h also introduced excellent safety technologies such as the Pre-Crash Safety and Adaptive Cruise Control systems. Drivers will find the driving experience with the CT 200h as ergonomic and convenient, with the Remote Touch multi-function control that governs operation of the ventilation, navigation and phone systems within the vehicle.