Lexus will add a second hybrid-only model to its line-up for 2011. The CT200h will be the first dedicated gas-electric entry into the premium compact segment.
The 2011 Lexus CT200h made its debut, early this month, at the Geneva Motor Show. The maker described it as a perfect fit for a small but growing segment of “eco-conscious” European consumers who want hybrid power, rather than the diesel drivetrains that have come to dominate the Continental market.
There was some question about if and when the small hybrid would make it to the States, but Lexus now confirms the CT200h will roll it into showrooms here for the coming model-year, and will make its public debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show.
“The CT200h is expected to lead the class in fuel economy and deliver low emissions,” claims Mark Templin, general manager of Toyota’s luxury marque.
The new hybrid, he added, will be positioned to young buyers as an “eco-conscous” offering that will “xymbolize urban, luxury living.”
The 2011 Lexus CT200h will be the smallest of the brand’s expanding line-up of hybrids, a list that already includes gas-electric versions of the GS, RX and LS models, as well as the first dedicated Lexus hybrid, the HS 250h.
The CT200h will be powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four cylinder gasoline engine that uses the more efficient Atkinson cycle, and which features Lexus’ Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, or VVT-I, system. It will be mated to the Lexus Hybrid Drive technology, which features two motor generators.