Lexus CT 200h Allows Drivers to Choose Their Driving Moods
The power unit comprises a 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine, an electric motor and an electrically controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT).
“EV (electric vehicle), ECO and NORMAL modes place the emphasis on ride comfort, smooth acceleration and low NVH levels in the cabin for a relaxing drive,” a company statement reads.
Being a full hybrid, CT 200h can operate automatically in EV mode, switching off the petrol engine and running on its electric motor alone, at speeds of up to 30 mph. This mode is ideal for use in slow urban traffic, it can reduce tailpipe emissions to zero, with driving range determined by the level of battery charge and local conditions. The EV mode can also be selected manually by the driver.
SPORT mode increases the vehicle’s dynamics, power delivery from the electric motor and maximising performance. The look of the instrument panel also changes to reflect the move to more dynamic performance: the instrument backlighting automatically shifts from hybrid blue to red and the hybrid power meter is replaced by a tachometer display.
Pricing details of the CT 200h will be announced by Lexus at the upcoming auto show in Paris on September 30.
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