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2017 Lexus CT 200h Rendered, To Debut in January 2017

When it was introduced to the general public at the 2010 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, the Lexus CT 200h boasted that it's "the first, and only, full hybrid vehicle" in the premium compact segment. Because of its old age, it goes without saying that a CT 200h replacement is just around the corner.
2017 Lexus CT 200h rendering by Best Car magazine 1 photo
The rendering featured above comes courtesy of Best Car magazine. The RX-influenced front fascia design is fine and all, but then again, do bear in mind that no one knows how the car will look life in production-ready form. The peeps at Kurumagt point out that the second-gen Lexus CT 200h may make its debut in January 2017, most probably at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Nothing much is known about the 2017 Lexus CT 200h at the time of writing, but it’s safe to assume that the new kid on the block will be the first Lexus to adopt the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. Indeed, it’s the same chassis used by the fourth generation of the Toyota Prius, the hybrid that can return 52 miles per gallon (4.52 l/100 km) in real-world driving conditions, as tested by Consumer Reports.

The entry-level model in the Lexus lineup, therefore, is expected to be lighter, better to drive, and much more fuel efficient than the current CT 200h. Based on what common sense dictates, the 2017 Lexus CT 200h will borrow the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and the electric motor of its Toyota-branded cousin.

A plug-in hybrid variant based on the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime could also be on the cards as long as the bean counters are ok with it. The next-gen hybrid compact in the Lexus range is bound to go on sale in Q2 of 2017 in its domestic market, after which Lexus will bring the all-new CT 200h in Europe and North America.


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