Lexus has unveiled its new-look CT 200h featuring new styling, improved body structure, revised suspension and new specification ahead of its 2014 introduction. However, there is no date when the 2014 model will be coming to our shore.
Central to these improvements are additional spot welding and body strengthening measures, revised suspension tune for improved ride comfort and a new styling package.
The new CT 200h combines increased body rigidity, suspension revisions and enhanced aerodynamics with comprehensive NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) measures to offer a more refined, comfortable driving experience and an even quieter cabin environment.
Body rigidity has been improved through additional spot welding and the extensive use of structural adhesive technology. Coil spring rates have been optimised, a new shock absorber valve adopted, and the rear stabiliser bar diameter altered to enhance ride comfort with no loss of handling agility. A traction control off switch has also been added for greater driver control.
The new CT 200h becomes the seventh Lexus vehicle to receive the luxury marque’s spindle grille.
The centre has been pushed forwards to create a bold three-dimensional form. The bottom corners are spaced wider and the spindle ‘pinch point’ has been lowered, reinforcing the CT 200h’s low front profile and wide track.
In profile, the new CT 200h may be identified by a choice of newly developed 10-spoke 16″ and 17″ alloys, and a new shark fin-style roof antenna.
To the rear, a new bumper design features a more horizontal structure. It incorporates distinctive L-shaped reflector housings and a black lower centre section to emphasise the vehicle’s low centre of gravity and broad rear stance.
The new CT 200h interior has been refined to offer greater comfort, enhanced levels of equipment and improved visual and tactile quality. The driver now benefits from a new 370mm diameter steering wheel matching that of the IS model range.
Photo Gallery: 2014 Lexus CT200h