Lexus CT 200h Confirmed for Geneva Auto Show


Lexus CT 200h Teaser Image

Lexus has confirmed that the LF-Ch concept will be released as a production model at the Geneva Auto Show in March—named the CT 200h, the luxury compact hatchback will be equipped with Lexus’ second-generation Hybrid Drive, bringing the total number of hybrids in the lineup to five and opening the Lexus brand to a whole new segment of buyers.

No official word on what engine will be powering the CT 200h, but it’s a safe bet that it will be based on the I4 1.8L engine found in the Toyota Prius.

The above image was included in the press release, and it shows a rear tail-light design that is all Lexus, merging elements of the IS & RX models—a fitting combination given that the CT is likely to be marketed as a sporty hatchback. Here it is at full size:

Lexus CT 200h Teaser Image Large

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The CT 200h will be revealed by Andy Pfeiffenberger, Vice President of Lexus Europe, on March 2nd at the Geneva Auto Show on Stand 4211 in Hall 4. The full press release is included after the jump.

WORLD DEBUT FOR LEXUS CT 200h AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

KEY POINTS

• World-first appearance of the Lexus CT 200h
• First and only full hybrid model in the premium compact segment
• New gateway model to progressive luxury and the Lexus brand

Six months after revealing the LF-Ch concept, Lexus is set to unveil its new CT 200h model at the Geneva motor show.

Created for motorists who want to lower their emissions, but not their standards, the CT 200h will be the first full hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment. It will offer new levels of refinement, sophistication and attention to detail, without compromising style or driving pleasure.

Equipped with second-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive technology, the CT 200h reinforces Lexus’s hybrid power leadership in the premium market, joining the established RX 450h, GS 450h and LS 600h models to create an unprecedented range of full hybrid vehicles.

The critically acclaimed Lexus LFA supercar will also be on show at Geneva, just ahead of the initial order period for the model coming to a close.

Andy Pfeiffenberger, Vice President Lexus Europe, will host a press conference on Stand 4211 in Hall 4 at 4.45pm on 2 March.

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Comments


  1. Wow ! It’s Nice !

  2. Is this going to be available in the states?

  3. There were rumors it is coming to N America…looking forward to the reveal.

  4. The taillight is a… flower petal, I think.

  5. Insideline now says there are no plans to bring the CT 200h to the U.S.:

    http://www.insideline.com/lexus/lexus-ct-200h-bound-for-europe-but-not-us.html

  6. @Dan: sucks… is it too good for us?

    I’m just comparing the teaser to the IS F’s teaser. Both consist of the rear taillights, but the IS F has two tailpipes on one side, and the CT has none.

    Weird thing… the LS debuts have always been at the Detroit Auto Show, and so was the IS F and the second LF-A concept. But no hybrids…? I still remember 2007 LS 460 L debut at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show; it was the last time Jim Press spoke so excitedly for Lexus.

  7. Nooo. THATS so SAD. I wanted it so bad! WHY LEXUS WHY??!:angry::`-(

  8. @Eddie: i though there was good feedback from the US??
    the survey??!! MEH.

  9. Looks good, from what little you can see.

  10. Insideline has gotten things wrong about Lexus before, so I wouldn’t take their word as the end-all on the subject.  They do have a quote from a company source, so that bolsters the reality that Lexus USA doesn’t have plans to bring the CT 200h at this time.  However, Lexus execs in the US have discussed the small-size luxury market as promising (moreso than the ‘cute-ute’ market which they have suggested is not sufficiently large for Lexus to enter).  So, I think that it’s still a possibility that a version of the CT will come to the US or Canada (not to mention, CT 300h etc was trademarked here and in Canada), but they are probably still in deliberations.  The survey for Lexus US customers was not an idle exercise IMO.

    In addition, with regards to the premieres, it’s indeed telling where they are held.  The LS 600h L debut was a hybrid launch in NY; the RX 350/450h in LA; IS 250 in Geneva; GX 460 in Shanghai; LFA in Tokyo.  It matches the market spread, about half (give or take) of Lexus sales are in the US, the rest spread across the globe, and it is global where they are hoping to grow.  Lexus really needs a smaller vehicle in Europe, and the CT 200h should fit the bill nicely.

    IMO, they should consider a CT variant for the US, but they will have to tie its marketing well with the rest of the lineup.  Perhaps some younger buyers could start with the CT, move up to the IS or GS…

  11. The car will be amazing cool
    Waiting for some new staff wink

  12. I talked with Stephen Beatty from Toyota Canada yesterday at the Toronto Auto Show, and although we were speaking in pure speculation (the CT 200h wasn’t yet announced), he was pretty clear that it would be available in Canada. I wonder if this will be another Mercedes B-Class—where a vehicle is available in Canada but not the USA.

    Seems strange to me, anyway, I don’t believe it.

  13. HEYY. BTW. 2010 OLYMPICS TODAY!!! lol8-)

  14. Eddie:HEYY. BTW. 2010 OLYMPICS TODAY!!! lol8-)

    Is a Lexus competing? LOL

  15. I think Lexus will bring this car to North America. Audi already has the A3 and Mercedes has plans to introduce the B-class to the US next year.

    But, listen to this.

    Everyone was concerned that Lexus will devalue it’s self by having too many sub-$35k cars. Since Europe doesn’t get the HS or ES, it makes sense to introduce a car that is exclusive to Europe. That way, Lexus can sell more cars in Europe without devalueing it’s self in either continent.

  16. The taillights look good from this angle with the thin red LED strips with the grey surround.

  17. krew:

    <CITE>Eddie:</CITE>HEYY. BTW. 2010 OLYMPICS TODAY!!! lol8-)

    Is a Lexus competing? lol.png style=BORDER-BOTTOM: 0px; BORDER-LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 16px; BORDER-TOP: 0px; BORDER-RIGHT: 0px

    Lexus disqualified from Olympics due to ‘unintended’ acceleration off the start line!  gasp LOL crying

  18. With the Olympics all about the pursuit of gold, that matches Lexus’ Pursuit of Perfection quite well. smile

    Anyhow, I wonder if the debut vehicle will be white in color like this teaser shot…probably not gold like the LF-Ch.

  19. @LEXUSBOY: DANG IT! You beat me to it. My condolences to the Georgian, but man, the accident is kinda reminiscent of Lexus’ problems.

  20. @Dan: Chances are that the production model will debut in white. Remember the car in those spy shots, it was white.
    lfchproductionspy000.jpg

  21. James:I think Lexus will bring this car to North America. Audi already has the A3 and Mercedes has plans to introduce the B-class to the US next year.

    But, listen to this.

    Everyone was concerned that Lexus will devalue it's self by having too many sub-$35k cars. Since Europe doesn't get the HS or ES, it makes sense to introduce a car that is exclusive to Europe. That way, Lexus can sell more cars in Europe without devalueing it's self in either continent.

    Yeah, I’m not sure we’ll see this car here in the US. It would be nice, but this segment of cars is too small in the US and the CT could potentially eat into Prius sales here.

    And as you said Lexus has too many sub-$35K cars here. Even is they were to move the ES up to the $40K price bracket, the lineup would still be too bottom heavy.

    Lexus doesn’t have to worry about devaluing themselves in Europe because they have some of the highest prices of any luxury brand there, mainly because they don’t offer any of the entry level 4 cylinder engines that the German brands thrive on.

    The CT will be Lexus Europe 1st petrol I4 in the lineup.

  22. James:@Dan: Chances are that the production model will debut in white. Remember the car in those spy shots, it was white.

    Ah, yes indeed.  Thanks for pointing that out.