Official Lexus CT 200h Photo Gallery


Official Lexus CT 200h Photos

Two days after the Lexus CT 200h was leaked by way of a press brochure, official images of the new hatchback have been released:

I’m very impressed with how the designers were able to incorporate the LF-Ch’s grille into the final design, in fact, I like the entire front-end. The LED headlights are a highlight, especially now that we can see the LS-style LED running lights.

The CT 200h does have a rather ordinary side profile, but the the overall shape is well-proportioned. I’m not sure what’s going on with the sheetmetal shark-fin on the rear passenger doors, though it wouldn’t be so pronounced with a darker exterior color. The wheels are an inch too small, but I have to say I’m all over that alternating speed blur spoke pattern.

Glad to see it’s the rear wiper is hidden like the RX. In fact, there’s a lot of the RX in the rear design, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Nothing wrong with some design consistency. And how about those integrated exhaust pipes?

But more than anything, the interior is something special—clearly inspired by BMW, but with a friendlier, softer edge. The LFA-style steering wheel is a beauty, especially with the contrast stitching and the shift stalk looks like a piece of art.

I like how the driving mode change dial is front & center, allowing easy access to both the ECO & Sport mode. It also lights up red when Sport mode is select, as does the instrument panel and the center console spotlight. A clever sporty touch.

I need to look at these photos in detail for a while—more later.

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  1. meh… FAKE! wink
    The car is good looking but not great. It has some quirky stuff that turn me off, but I guess the car works. The LED bulbs in the headlight cluster should be more like the LSh’s - more uniform. I would love it if there were three low-beam LED bulbs in each headlight with something else for the turning signals. The way it is now… it looks like the car has an extra eye poking out.

  2. My comment didn’t show…
    Anyways, the rear diffuser looks not so tacky, but I still miss the presence of exhaust tips. The weird thing is that Lexus won’t put the rear view camera in the middle but would make the front wide-view camera conspicuously visible on the grille.

    Where’s the rear windshield wiper?

    The interior is good, but it’s not genuinely Lexus. They better price this car really low.

  3. Wow. That rear 3/4 almost makes me want to forgive that front end. Almost…

  4. I can express how much I like that rear 3/4 shot. But I still can’t forgive that awful misinterpretation of the LF-Ch’s front end.

  5. Sorry for the comment issue—everything’s fixed. cool

  6. THIS NEEDS TO COME TO THE US!!!!! PLEASE LEXUS!!!!!

  7. @Eddie: much rather have this than HS

  8. Those LED headlights aren’t LSh-like; they’re the original-Mazda6-like - or, at the very least, they don’t have any appeal of beauty and uniqueness.

    About the interior:
    - Weird how the “tach”‘s needle isn’t actually one the “ticks”.
    - The interior is obviously designed to easily maintain fit-and-finish and long-term quality.
    - The lock and unlock buttons aren’t like the newest version or the oldest version - push forward to lock and push back to unlock.
    - The leather housing the gauge cluster is nice. I wonder if that’s leather around the power button.
    - No two-tone leather?
    - The interior is pretty neat, but isn’t it sad that it’s so obvious Lexus copied other automaker’s interior? It’s not like they didn’t have a novel design to begin with…

  9. I noticed how the taillights have the parallel lines which curve toward the edges like the LS 460/600h. Nice touch!

  10. I hate it. This will never be a Lexus I will own. I hate it. Period. Extremely disappointed. I thought Lexus was supposed to listen to the poll results when people like the aggressive front end. Apparently not. The back looks like a van. I hate it.

  11. This car is aimed at the market for my aged people. If I show up in this people will laugh their head off. There’s a word for how this car’s front end looks…don’t want to say it…taillights are too high and the wheels are sliding off…just awful exterior. love the inside. hate the outside except the tail lights. please do not inspire the next IS with this, dear God please…

  12. I like how Lexus made the wheels on both sides “spinning” towards the right direction. I’m willing to trade the ability to rotate all four tires for wheels that point in the right direction.

  13. I really like the interior… it isn’t the normal luxury lexus interiors but more sporty due to lack of wood inlays.  I hope lexus would keep this car ‘competitively priced’.  I think it will do well in Europe.

  14. Been lurking here for a while and finally decided to post a comment. The interior is okay, but the center console for me looks too cluttered and doesn’t appear as sleek or modern.

    I like the rear and the rear 3/4. Front end is….....meh. I was really hoping for a more aggressive front end like the LF-Ch concept. But overall, I guess the design works for Europe.

    Oh well, I can still hope for a more aggressive looking next-gen IS. I’d definitely trade up my current IS for that if it can look as cool as the LF-Ch concept.

  15. Being a single European 30-something male I suspect I’m very much the target buyer for the CT,and they’ve certainly hit a bullseye with me! I love how the exterior show a family resemblence with other models yet also being fresh and new.I also see a bit of Corolla E90 hatchback in it. Interior looks very sophisitcated and premium. I’m looking forward to finding out about what kind of option will be avaliable,and to see the two new colours.

  16. the interior looks some what similar to the new audi A8

  17. those rear brake disc seems larger than the front. meaning this is rear-weight biased Front drive car? i remember the Prius didnt have this larger rear-disc setup.

    thank goodness the tail lmaps from the LFCh wasnt adopted, it began too look too much like an Accord.

    the LFCh steering wheel is wayy better too, plus, what happened to the paddle shifters??? crying
    the antenna probably is the only common part that is shared with the prius, ahahaha, again, wished it was sharkfin or spoiler integrated like the RX.

    Like
    1. overall exterior, especially the tail lamps and wheels
    2. black surround on side mirror indicator. delicious LFA-ish touch.

    dislike
    1. dashboard resembles too much like a 1-series , even down to the a/c vents.
    2. dial for hybrid drive, too much like the Subarus center-diff mode dial,which is smaller and looks better
    3. steering wheel
    4. lower center console exposed cupholders. this is a premium vehicle, need a nice cover over it. even Civics have a sliding cover.

  18. people

    am sure lexus ‘ll sell tons of that in europe
    the exterior is a way better than the main competitor also
    the 1-series & 3class and from the comparison photo by seal
    which make it in the previous post , it looks way better
    the only thing i want is to be an AWD and i think lexus wont neglect that in CT
    all it's hybrids all already AWD why they 'll delete it even as option from CT

    the interior is so french-german spceficallly Megan-(1/3-series)
    it is a good start in interior to be european
    but it ‘ll be better if it have some lexus touches also

  19. new photo!:-D

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  20. @jungle-rx: Your dislike points hit the nail on the head. I too hate those details, most shocking of which are the exposed cupholders - a cost cutting detail that should never be seen in a Lexus. What happened to the flip-up cover every other Lexus has ? This doesn’t even have a proper center armrest as a result of those cupholders. What happened to those beautifully engineered fold-out cupholders that the first two LS gens used to have? The black plastics look cheap too. I doubt if anyone would identify this as a Lexus interior if the badges were removed. All this doesn’t bode well for the design direction Lexus is taking with future models crying

  21. Por fin tenemos un coche para los que nos gustan lo compactos y no nos gustan los coches “premium”, que queremos un Scirocco de cuatro puertas. La carrocería parece algo “masiva”, aletas algo exageradas, al contrario que el Volkswagen, y el interior muy bien, a ver qué espacio tiene…

  22. LFAaddict:This car is aimed at the market for my aged people. If I show up in this people will laugh their head off. There's a word for how this car's front end looks…don't want to say it…taillights are too high and the wheels are sliding off…just awful exterior. love the inside. hate the outside except the tail lights. please do not inspire the next IS with this, dear God please…

    gasp
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  23. Eddie:THIS NEEDS TO COME TO THE US!!!!! PLEASE LEXUS!!!!!

    Looks like your wish was granted, Eddie!

    http://lexusenthusiast.com/2010/02/26/lexus-ct-200h-coming-to-north-america/

    cool

  24. WorldofLuxury:TThe interior is pretty neat, but isn't it sad that it's so obvious Lexus copied other automaker's interior? It's not like they didn't have a novel design to begin with…

    I don’t know—it has enough Lexus elements that it’s not so bad—plus it doesn’t help that these press shots are in black. Very BMW look with the black & aluminum.

  25. WorldofLuxury:I like how Lexus made the wheels on both sides "spinning" towards the right direction. I'm willing to trade the ability to rotate all four tires for wheels that point in the right direction.

    Yeah, the more IS F design cues, the better! wink

  26. enoch:Oh well, I can still hope for a more aggressive looking next-gen IS. I'd definitely trade up my current IS for that if it can look as cool as the LF-Ch concept.

    Welcome, enoch!

    If anything, I think the CT frees up the next-gen IS to have a more aggressive look (or at least that’s what I’m hoping).

  27. jungle-rx:those rear brake disc seems larger than the front. meaning this is rear-weight biased Front drive car? i remember the Prius didnt have this larger rear-disc setup.

    thank goodness the tail lmaps from the LFCh wasnt adopted, it began too look too much like an Accord.

    the LFCh steering wheel is wayy better too, plus, what happened to the paddle shifters??? crying
    the antenna probably is the only common part that is shared with the prius, ahahaha, again, wished it was sharkfin or spoiler integrated like the RX.

    Like
    1. overall exterior, especially the tail lamps and wheels
    2. black surround on side mirror indicator. delicious LFA-ish touch.

    dislike
    1. dashboard resembles too much like a 1-series , even down to the a/c vents.
    2. dial for hybrid drive, too much like the Subarus center-diff mode dial,which is smaller and looks better
    3. steering wheel
    4. lower center console exposed cupholders. this is a premium vehicle, need a nice cover over it. even Civics have a sliding cover.

    Excellent observations—especially your point about the side mirrors. Didn’t even think of the LFA inspiration! Too bad didn’t the paddle shifters—the Mini did a good job simulating gear shifts with a CVT.

  28. LEXUSBOY:All this doesn't bode well for the design direction Lexus is taking with future models crying

    I wouldn’t go that far—this is an entry-level model, after all. We may see CT design cues make their way though the lineup, but I doubt any quality or luxury will be sacrificed.

  29. @Carlos: Difícil de obtener una buena idea de cuán grande es el CT es, sin verlo con otros coches. Puede ser muy grande.

  30. @mtema99: No AWD at launch just lets them introduce a new model next year. mad

  31. @Stan: Nice work! smile

  32. @krew:

    may be they ‘ll introduce it with the CT300h

    or i hope they make that

  33. @mtema99: Agreed—I can see a CT 300, even a CT-F.

    cool

  34. @Stan:
    very nice! this would have been much much better. if i can get a non hybrid of that in black and fit bigger wheels and highten the wheel placement…then maybe…

  35. @seal @seal:
    i almost want to like it from this picture but until i see it in real life and in anither color i still hate it

  36. Krew, whats your opinion on the exterior and interior design?

  37. Gracias Krew, me gustaría saber cómo se acomodan tres adultos en los asientos traseros. Por cierto ¿Desde dónde estás respondiendo en este blog?

    Best regards!

    Carlos

  38. Creo que tres adultos cabrían en una crisis, pero eso es todo. Perfecto para los niños, sin embargo.

    Estoy Canadá, la que estoy respondiendo con usted a través Traductor de Google.

  39. @Eddie: I try to never get too high or low on any Lexus vehicle, but I’m really feeling this CT 200h.

    For starters, it’s exactly what my wife has always wanted, and that’s probably the biggest thing, but I’m really impressed with how they took the LF-Ch and made it into a true Lexus. I’m holding out until I read some driving impressions before I get too excited.

  40. @krew: Hello Krew again so… you are working in Canada!!! It´s amazing!!! and to use Google Translation is amazing as well! I´ve got a Opel Astra H, that´s a great car, but CT200 is the car that I waiting for. Sure the back seats are wider than my car. What engine range Lexus plans for Spain? launch? Fall 2010?

    Thanks again and you can leave to rest Google…

    Regards,
    Carlos

  41. If this car doesn’t sell well here in Norway I’ll eat my felt slippers! The segment is very hot,Lexus is very hot and the estimated base price my local dealer told me is very hot indeed. On a different note,they also told me the SportCross will be back for the next genenration IS.

  42. Fascinating, a SportCross IS again, plus the CTh, wagons and hatchbacks being quite popular in Europe.  I’m expecting the CT 200h to be the main model for most European markets.

  43. Yeah Dan, it does have the rear sloping windscreen of the SportCross IS! strange-yet-looks-good quirky looking wagon.
    I managed to see one on the road in Japan , the Altezza version.

  44. @Eljay:

    nice great info

    thanks Eljay

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  46. Javion Foster-Patterson

    I prefer a more concave formed interior with a more conventional center stack.