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

Article by Christian A., on October 6, 2010

If you thought that Lexus will introduce coupe or estate versions of the 2011 Lexus CT 200h, well… you should forget about this as the manufacturer has no plans for these. According to Toyota Europe boss Didier Leroy the new Lexus CT 200h 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 CT 200h 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 CT 200h, this model is powered by a combination of a conventional engine and an electric motor – the Lexus Hybrid Drive system. This Lexus Hybrid Drive system includes the 1.8-liter (73kW VVT-i) gas engine found also on the Toyota Prius, delivering 98 hp of output. This conventional engine is helped by an electric motor that delivers 80 hp (60 kW) of motive power. The Lexus CT 200h can deliver a total system output of 134 hp (100 kW).

Lexus officially launched the CT 200h hybrid hatchback at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, with production slated to commence in late 2010. The new CT 200h is based on the Lexus LF-Ch Concept unveiled back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. In addition, the new CT 200h is obviously inspired by L-finesse design philosophy of Lexus, boasting of a distinctive, sharp-edged look that makes it stand out from its premium compact rivals.

With these power figures, the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 9.8 seconds. Boasting of a combined EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 42 mpg, the CT 200h car generates zero particulate emissions and less NOx compared to an equivalent diesel-powered vehicle.

The new 2011 Lexus CT 200h offers two distinct driving moods, Dynamic and Relaxing, as well as four driving modes -- EV, Eco, Normal And Sport. In the EV mode, the CT 200h acts like an electric car and has a total range of up to 1 mile at speeds of up to 28 mph.

Despite its size, the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h is offering a spacious interior thanks to its wheelbase that measures 2,600 mm, which allows for a roomier front and rear passenger accommodation. Luggage capacity is at 345 liters, but when the rear seats are lowered, it could go up to 700 liters.

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