Lexus CT 200h Color Options


Lexus CT 200h in Smoky Granite Mica

The Lexus CT 200h color options have been revealed today as part of the hatchback’s new mini-site—first off, here are the exterior colors:

There are seven exterior colors in total: Starfire Pearl, Obsidian, Daybreak Yellow Mica, Smoky Granite Mica, Brown Spice Mica, Tungsten Pearl, & Matador Red Mica.

Then there are the interior colors:

The interior colors are: NuLuxe Ecru, NuLuxe Black, NuLuxe Caramel, Leather Black, & Leather Water Grey.

All in all, I’m impressed by the color palette—I’m excited to see yellow return to the Lexus fold after being offered with the first-generation IS. The combination Brown Spice Mica/Caramel NuLuxe is sure something, though I’m not quite sure what. Brown is definitely making a comeback, and if it’s anything like the Venza, it will likely end up looking pretty good.

Personally, I would be all over a Smoky Granite Mica CT with the Water Grey leather. Sign me up!

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  1. Pretty nice. It’s weird how this car already seems to be a part of the Lexus family despite how different it is from its bigger Lexus siblings.

  2. “Brown is definitely making a comeback, and if it's anything emke the Venza, it will emkely end up looking pretty good.”

    whats with the “emke”...should be “like” haha

  3. Obsidian,
    interior is no problem LOL

  4. obsidian with caramel interior for me plz

  5. It looks like Lexus copied & pasted one of my photoshop images raspberry raspberry

    yellowu.jpg

    I do like that color!
    cool

    More news please smile

  6. Unless I missed it, there hasn’t been much comment on here about the NuLuxe interior material trim. Lexus is downgrading by not offering leather standard like they used to and this NuLuxe stuff will probably makes it’s way across the whole lineup. Well I guess it’s nothing new since Audi/BMW/Mercedes have been using leatherette for years.

    Anyway it looks like the only difference visually between the black NuLuxe and the black Leather is the stitching.

  7. Yeah, what is NuLuxe exactly? Googling doesn’t turn up anything useful. Is it something brand new no one has ever seen or just a brand (new) wrapping?

  8. @Josh: Fixed. LOL

  9. (Cj):Unless I missed it, there hasn't been much comment on here about the NuLuxe interior material trim. Lexus is downgrading by not offering leather standard like they used to and this NuLuxe stuff will probably makes it's way across the whole lineup. Well I guess it's nothing new since Audi/BMW/Mercedes have been using leatherette for years.

    There really isn’t much to go on yet, other than the CT press release mentioning that it’s
    “soft to the touch like leather”. No doubt it’s similar to leatherette—and from these images it looks like it might have a wave pattern.

    I’ll see what I can find out.

  10. I don’t really understand why they choose this picture to show up colors!
    I saw it in person, at Geneva, and it really does look much much better.

    In Europe, leather is not standard in most cars! Even Lexus offer an upgrading for their standard materials!

  11. @Max from Italy:

    Which picture would you choose, Max?

    As for the NuLuxe .. this is a Europe hatchback guys, keep that in mind wink

  12. I don’t know why I can’t see the pictures. Anyway here’s the album link:

    http://s238.photobucket.com/albums/ff49/supergodzilla/Geneva 2010/

  13. @Max from Italy: The problem is with the space between Geneva 2010 in your link. Sorry for the confusion!

  14. I personally prefer leatherette to leather. Easier to keep clean and it doesn’t wear out like leather.

  15. its interesting that even the nuluxe leather seems to have stitching…unless the pictures are misleading

  16. real leather was one of the last bit of hope I had in Lexus; I was so proud of Lexus’ decision to keep real leather where necessary.

  17. @Pond: @krew: @Max from Italy: @seal: @Brendan: @Josh: @WorldofLuxury:

    NuLuxe seems to be like Mercedes Benz’s MBTex. It’s just a fancy name for leatherette. It’s probably used to keep the price down, but what leads me to beleive that this will be put across the line is the fact that they trademarked a unique name (“NuLuxe”) for it. I believe that they’ve had cloth and leatherette type trims in Europe before but now with the CT their getting serious with it.

    That’s not a bad thing in Europe but mentions of NuLuxe are also in the US press releases. So NuLuxe will be making it’s way here as well. Now my guess is that if most people don’t notice/care about the difference between NuLuxe and leather that NuLuxe will creep into the HS/IS/ES/RX very soon.

    The NuLuxe looks a lot like leather in pics (only visual difference is the contrasting stitching colors they chose for the leather), but in person it’ll probably feel cheaper…

    And I’m with WoL on this one. Standard leather really made Lexus standout compared to the Germans…

  18. Just renamed the album.

    Geneva_2010

    You can see here how sharp and pointed the front actually is!

  19. Just because one car uses NuLuxe doesn’t mean that it will creep into future ES/IS/HS generations. Keep in mind that the CT is a compact $25k hatchback that is targeted at Europeans. They probably had to use NuLuxe to keep costs down. Remember, part of Lexus’ problem in Europe was the high starting prices compared to their competitors. And if Mercedes, BMW, and Audi can all offer faux leather and even cloth seats, surely Lexus can get away with it. Sure real leather as standard made Lexus stand out, but they weren’t really selling well either. I think Lexus realized that this car would have to be cheaper and real leather was just too expensive to not charge extra for.

  20. Genuine leather for the luxury models, LS, ultra-luxe package models, etc. is a must.  However, Lexus is now global which means that in certain markets it makes sense to have a leatherette like option.  One recalls that from the start, Lexus vehicles have offered a cloth option, although it was rare (I’ve seen cloth LS 400s a few times, etc).  The question though of ‘leatherette creep’ is legitimate, but I doubt we’re going to see the NuLuxe material become standard across the range anytime soon, and they have to trademark the material no matter what (at the same time, they’ve probably also trademarked the ‘Lexus material’ used in the current LS linings, and licensed the alcantara/ecsaine used in its headliner).  Also, in some cases it may be preferable to have a synthetic material that is more resistant to damage. However, it seems like the CT 200h may take a ‘oddball Lexus’ approach like the original IS 300, with a younger customer base and different interior.  But for the larger Lexus lineup, leather is most certainly here to stay, and more upscale materials (e.g. Bubinga wood in LX 570) will be coming too.  Overall it will be more variety.

    Max from Italy:Just renamed the album.

    Geneva_2010

    You can see here how sharp and pointed the front actually is!

    Thanks!

  21. As for leather vs. synthetic; my current IS200 has a interior that is part leather, part Ecsaine ( http://my.is/forums/f87/what-hell-ecsaine-123469/ ). Looks and feels like suede. After 120.000km it hardly shows any wear, so I’m quite happy with it. If NuLuxe is better than that I’m not worried at all. If I can save a cow or two in the process, that’s fine too cool

  22. Alcantara is a trade mark too. And it’s pretty good.

    I touched it at Geneva on the IS250 F Sport and it’s really a good choice!8-)

  23. @James: @Dan: @Pond:

    James I agree NuLuxe is great for Europe, but as I mentioned NuLuxe is also prominently talked about in Lexus’s US press releases, so it’s definitely coming here. As Dan said, NuLuxe will likely creep into other models, even here in the US.

    If what the German’s do is any indication, NuLuxe could be standard on all models except the LS and maybe the LX. Lexus may spare the GX (just redesigned) and the next gen GS, because those models are more premium, but don’t be surprised to see it in the next gen IS and ES and in the refreshed HS and RX…

    I would hope that better more premium materials will be offered as well, but there is only so many options Lexus can offer, before it becomes unprofitable.

  24. @(Cj): Please note I said that it’s a legitimate question, whether NuLuxe will be on more models, but I don’t think that a) trademarking or b) mentioning it in US press releases is an indication that there will be more models or not. It is a legal requirement to trademark things, and as we’ve seen from the GS 460 press release and others, the PR dept is not the biggest indicator of what Lexus Japan is planning. However, I agree that the next gen IS, which is closest to the CT in some ways, and possibly the ES, will get it; not so sure about the RX or eco-plastic HS.  If they execute it well, it may work.

  25. @Dan:

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to put words in your mouth.

    We shall see what becomes of it all in the future…

  26. Maybe it’s just me but I really don’t get what the big fuss is over not having real leather in a 25k car. Even if it IS a Lexus, prices are low for a reason. And at least it isn’t cloth. cool

  27. @LFAaddict: Aha Well, LFAaddict, this is where age and maturity comes into play wink

    I mean, you should understand the fuss about real and fake products. Unfortunately, I can’t really come up with a good example at the moment.

  28. @WorldofLuxury:
    haha okay then im lost on age wink but i too can’t stand fake products. however I see NuLuxe as a substitute rather than imitation

  29. I thought maybe the NuLuxe interior was for those who don’t want to sacrifice an “innocent animal” (as opposed to guilty ones?).Smoke that bovine and gimme leather,baby! wink

  30. LFAaddict:Maybe it's just me but I really don't get what the big fuss is over not having real leather in a 25k car. Even if it IS a Lexus, prices are low for a reason. And at least it isn't cloth. cool

    Absolutely agree. It doesn’t bug me at all, personally.

  31. Well, I have seen additional interior colours like blue and red and I am a little bit that we didn’t dare to built that option.

  32. Commendatore:Well, I have seen additional interior colours like blue and red and I am a little bit that we didn't dare to built that option.

    At least it opens up the possibility of some special editions. smile

  33. Sorry, this is not relevant to the story. I am new to the Enthusiast and really enjoy the articles, news and comments. My wife and I are Lexus fans and have had every model GS. Is there any news of the 4th generation as we will no doubt want to buy one when they are available.

    Regards,
    Bryan

  34. @Bryan Jackson: Welcome to TLE!!  Krew has posted reports that suggest the next generation GS is coming possibly in 2011, for instance:

    http://lexusenthusiast.com/2009/12/10/2011-lexus-gs-rumors/

    Please feel free to comment as much as you like!  Discussion is welcome. smile

  35. The manager of my local Lexus dealership has seen the next GS and described it as “absolutely stunning”. smile

  36. Eljay:The manager of my local Lexus dealership has seen the next GS and described it as "absolutely stunning". smile

    I’ve heard similar stories from other people—probably means we’re not far from seeing some spy photos.

  37. @Bryan Jackson: Welcome! smile