Lean­est Lexus

A hy­brid-only hatch is head­ing for Aus­tralia, writes James Stan­ford

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

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

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