JAPANESE luxury car brand Lexus is set to finally face lift its premium hybrid hatch, the CT 200h, with a sweeping update that brings sportier styling, interior upgrades and innovative equipment.
Due in Australia in the fourth quarter of this year, the updated CT 200h gets an enhanced, more aggressive, front mask that features a restyled mesh pattern for the signature spindle grille, while the higher grade models within the range get “arrowhead” daytime running lights, and sportier wheels, including a new 10-spoke 16-inch design that features dark metallic paint with bright machine-finished surfaces.
At the rear, new L-shaped LED tail lights are designed with upper and lower lines that thicken as they curve outwards, resulting in a sportier, wider appearance. The lower part of the rear bumper, which is now metallic silver-and-black, has also been reshaped to enhance the vehicle’s aggressive appearance.
An expanded interior colour palette enhances the CT 200h’s high-quality materials, with new upholstery options including two-tone smooth leather accents; a mix of fabric and long-wearing synthetic leather, and new fabric coverings. Nine ornamentation choices are available.
A stand-out feature of the interior is a newly available 10.3-inch display screen for the Lexus Navigation System, replacing the previous 7-inch screen, and all updated Lexus CT 200h variants will be equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ that offers enhanced safety with advanced technologies such as pre-collision system with autonomous braking, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering control and automatic high-beam headlights.
The new F Sport variation has additional changes, including black metallic paint for its exclusive mesh-pattern spindle grille, fog lamp inserts and surrounds. Jet-black plating is used for the mouldings above and below the grille, while the rear bezel has the same mesh design as the front grille, with the lower garnish also painted metallic.
Exclusive to F Sport are new 17-inch dark metallic alloys, new two-tone exterior paint schemes and distinctive new colours. New interior combinations include two-tone leather accents, fabric and synthetic leather.