Despite problems with both the Toyota Prius and the new Lexus HS 250h hybrid vehicle, Toyota has confirmed that the Lexus CT 200h will be available in the United States. The CT 200h will be the first compact luxury hybrid and will join the HS 250h as a dedicated hybrid model. In other words, there will not be a non-hybrid CT 200 available.
The Lexus CT 200h made its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show and is scheduled for its North American debut later this month at the New York International Auto Show. The compact hybrid is expected to have many of the luxury upgrades found in the Lexus HS 250h but with fuel efficiency that rivals the Toyota Prius. While no official fuel efficiency estimates have been released, Toyota predicts that the Lexus CT 200h will best the Toyota Prius’ 50-mpg rating.
Additionally, designers focused on the vehicle’s aerodynamics to maximize fuel efficiency.
Mark Templin, Lexus division group vice president and general manager, praised the CT 200h during the Geneva Motor Show. “Lexus has been at the forefront of luxury hybrid technology for the last five years. The CT 200h is just another example of our commitment to developing cars that are innovative and different from what’s already out there. With its exceptional fuel economy, ultra-low emissions, dynamic handling, and beautiful styling, the CT 200h is a car that doesn’t sacrifice excitement for efficiency.” Source: Lexus
While the CT 200h is a compact vehicle, Toyota assures consumers that it is roomy and will be one of the most spacious compact vehicles on the market. With the sporty compact styling, Lexus is going after younger consumers with the release of the CT 200h. Although the target audience is younger than the traditional Lexus owner, the vehicle is still a Lexus and will come with a luxury car price tag. Although no price estimates have been released, it is reasonable to assume that the pricing will be higher than the Toyota Prius but lower than the mid-sized Lexus HS 250h sedan.
No official release date for the Lexus CT 200h has been set, but once it makes it to market, it will become the company’s fifth luxury hybrid available in the United States. It is likely that more specific information will be available after Toyota emerges from its current public relations nightmare.