A hybrid-only hatch is heading for Australia, writes James Stanford
ALEXUS that is even more efficient than a Toyota Prius sounds hard to believe, but it’s true. The new CT200h hybrid has been certified with an emission output of 87g/km, 2g/km less than Toyota’s eco-warrior. Not bad for a prestige model.
The CT200h is the first Lexus hatch and will lob into Australia early next year with a starting price below $50,000 on a mission not only to boost Lexus sales dramatically but also lure younger buyers to the brand.
It was developed solely as a hybrid and there will be no petrol-only version.
The CT200h uses the same petrol-electric power pack and drivetrain as the Prius, which also means it is the first front-drive Lexus in Australia since the Camry-based ES 300 models were retired in 2005.
It has the same wheelbase as a Toyota Corolla and Prius, but Lexus says the base is significantly different. The CT200h shares the MacPherson strut front suspension with those models, but has a sportier double wishbone rear suspension system.
The new Lexus is a five-seat hatch with 375 litres of boot space and has a spacesaver spare in some markets.
LEXUS is yet to confirm final pricing, but the sub-$50,000 indication shows it will slot into the