New look for Lexus CT range

Western Morning News - - Motoring - By Chris Rus­son

ANEW slimmed down line up has been an­nounced by Lexus for its small­est model, the CT 200h. With just three core grades re­plac­ing the eight pre­vi­ous mod­els, the new CT range comes with a se­ries of op­tion packs. It is sim­i­lar to the way Lexus will be sell­ing its new UX com­pact cross­over and ES sa­loon when they ar­rive next year.

The new CT mod­els are now priced from £25,150 – an in­crease of more than £1,500 over the out­go­ing car – al­though the pop­u­lar F

Sport mod­els cost al­most the same and start from £27,150.

A new Takumi grade is in­tro­duced as the range top­per. Priced from £31,250 it comes with a high-end Mark Levin­son sound sys­tem, a premium nav­i­ga­tion set up plus LED head­lights among its ex­tra kit.

All ver­sions come with the Lexus Safety Sys­tem+ which fea­tures a pre-col­li­sion sys­tem, lane leep­ing as­sist, adap­tive cruise con­trol as well as au­to­matic high beam and a sway warn­ing.

Seven op­tion packs are avail­able start­ing with a Sport Pack for the ba­sic model which adds 17-inch black al­loys, black door cov­ers and grill and an up­graded in­te­rior trim for an ex­tra £500.

A Tech Pack, avail­able for the CT and F Sport, pro­vides Lexus Premium Nav­i­ga­tion with a larger, 10-inch dis­play, LED head­lights with au­to­matic lev­el­ling and head­lamp wash­ers and costs £750 while a Takumi Pack is avail­able for F Sport mod­els for an ex­tra £4,850.

The Takumi Pack in­cludes the Mark Levin­son au­dio sys­tem, premium nav­i­ga­tion, power ad­justable front seats with leather up­hol­stery, LED head­lamps and higher grade trim in­lays.

Other packs in­clude a leather up­hol­stery op­tion on F-Sport ver­sions and a premium op­tion on the base model which in­cludes key­less en­try, park­ing sen­sors, pri­vacy glass, heated front seats and up­graded up­hol­stery. Each of those packs costs an ex­tra £1,000.

The 2019 CT 200h re­tains its self-charg­ing hy­brid elec­tric pow­er­train with a 1.8-litre petrol en­gine mated to an elec­tric mo­tor and de­vel­op­ing 134bhp.

Of­fi­cially it is rated at 64.2mpg with emis­sions of 101g/km and in EV mode can be driven purely on elec­tric­ity for short dis­tances.

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