Live Lexus CT 200h Interior Photos


I just received a massive stack of Lexus CT 200h photos in my inbox, including some pics of a wonderful beige Ecru leather interior with a bamboo (?) wood trim — look at this (click for a larger image):

Lexus CT 200h Beige Leather Interior

That sliver of wood really sets the whole thing off — I’m extremely impressed with how this interior looks in a lighter shade, it really highlights the blend between Lexus luxury and that European sensibility. Expertly done.

Next up is this black interior done up with NuLuxe fabric and minus the Remote Touch & navigation:

Lexus CT 200h Nuluxe Black Interior

This is our first peek and the first mention of a base model NuLuxe interior cloth interior, let’s take a closer look:

I like the suede-look to the fabric, though it does soften up the look of the interior somewhat. Regardless, this interior option is directed almost expressly at Europe, where cloth is the norm in base models.

There’s a few more interior images to share, here’s the rest:

CT 200h exterior photos (including more like this) to come shortly!

Update: Have a major correction to make, the black fabric interior is not the NuLuxe material we’ve been hearing about, but a fabric trim level almost certainly reserved for European markets. Here’s a direct quote from the email I received:

NuLuxe is a synthetic leather, with a smooth, soft, leathery surface. In the U.S., we will offer either NuLuxe or genuine Leather. Europe and some other markets are looking at fabric for their entry level vehicles. The image you have is one of the fabric alternatives.

Comments


  • WorldofLuxury

    Wow! the wood really ups the ante!

    And that base model… UGH BLECH YUCK! Funny how we see all these slightly camo’d CTh vehicles after the vehicle was already introduced.

  • WorldofLuxury

    Let me get this straight. So the leather in the base model is still real leather, and we simply get that fabric on the seats and on the doors? I thought we were getting pleather or something.

    I don’t know if this is better or worse than I expected. In the end, the top-end CTh really is a Lexus hybrid, with certain qualities that make even the non-hybrid versions of the top-end Lexus models look mediocre.

  • James

    The beige leather and wood trim actually looks quite good. The base model, however, just looks hideous. I can’t believe Lexus would do such a thing.

  • James

    I’m a little confused about this. So, NuLuxe is actually cloth not faux leather? I thought that NuLuxe would be something like Mercedes’ M-B Tex. That’s very disappointing.

  • argh

    What a significant difference between the beige leather and NuLuxe interiors. I have to say, the matte wood trim looks very attractive simply because most cars with wood trim don’t have it.

  • Josh

    the soft suede NuLuxe interior is very much like the fabric used in the 1gen IS300.

    http://pics.hoobly.com/full/WAZTVWVQ11ILFFDWYA.jpg

  • Jay

    Agreed, the NuLuxe interior is disappointing. It downgrades the look of the CT to a sub 30k car. Pleather would look much nicer.

    However I am impressed with the beige interior. It strikes a good balance between sport and luxury.

  • Jay

    BTW is the beige on the door padded leather or just hard plastic?

    Seems like most newer Lexus’ don’t have padded leather on the door panels anymore. Our ES has hard plastic and so does the new RX. I wish Lexus would go back to leather, it’s a small thing but it makes the car feel much more luxurious.

  • Josh

    ^^ yes I agree with that. A simple fake leather on the doors would do wonders. However, I think another weak point with this car is the cup holder area

  • http://www.massimocolombo.info Max from Italy

    There’s something wrong here…

    The beige interior must be the NuLuxe. As per the official site this light brown interior can only be the Caramel NuLuxe or Ecru NuLuxe at least.

  • FreeSpirit

    Jay wrote:Agreed, the NuLuxe interior is disappointing. It downgrades the look of the CT to a sub 30k car.

    may be because the starting ‘ll be really in sub $30,000

    Jay wrote:BTW is the beige on the door padded leather or just hard plastic?
    Seems like most newer Lexus’ don’t have padded leather on the door panels anymore. Our ES has hard plastic and so does the new RX. I wish Lexus would go back to leather, it’s a small thing but it makes the car feel much more luxurious.

    it looks no plastic to me

    just see the both photos and you ‘ll realize that the beige one is a cloth or leather
    but not a plastic

  • Rusty

    Firstly, the exterior looks like crap, I do have to say

    If you are going to put the wood on, more than one piece, please?
    The base model definitely is a swing and a miss

    If this is some model targeted at younger buyers
    Aluminum accents should be std.
    Wood should be part of an optional Luxury pkg.
    Rusty

  • lexusjoe

    @krew..I agree with the comment on “blend of Lexus luxury and European sensibility…the light interior almost looks like a BMW interior, but Nicer!! The Nu-Luxe looks like the Escaine interior the old IS300’s had, like “Josh” said…all in all, this is WAY better than the HS250h. Hopefully this model will REPLACE the HS250h. Lexus needs to cut their losses and move on.

  • seal

    This car is made for Europe.. NuLuxe/Fabric is made for Europe .. BMW-1 and AUDI A3 starting prices would have been MUCH lower without these options ;) I do like both interiors ;)

  • seal

    NEW interior – exterior CT200H video ;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkhV6-Tzvww

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    James wrote:I’m a little confused about this. So, NuLuxe is actually cloth not faux leather? I thought that NuLuxe would be something like Mercedes’ M-B Tex. That’s very disappointing.

    It looks like suede to me, not cloth. :-)

  • http://my.is jruhi4

    James wrote:I’m a little confused about this. So, NuLuxe is actually cloth not faux leather? I thought that NuLuxe would be something like Mercedes’ M-B Tex. That’s very disappointing.

    Let me clarify what I understand and heard thus far. James is correct. The NuLuxe is faux leather like Mercedes’ M-B Tex. CT for North America gets a choice of NuLuxe (vinyl) as standard and real leather as an option. What these pictures appear to reveal is that Europe (and, maybe, other markets) get cloth (or, maybe alcantara suede) as standard, NuLuxe as a step-up option and real leather as the top-of-the-line option.

    And I agree with krew’s guess that the light wood is bamboo. For those that dislike it, don’t fear. There should be an aluminum trim option like on the Lexus IS and, probably, alternate wood options.

  • seal

    @krew GIVE US MORE !!! I can;t wait :D we need exterior photos too !! 8-)

  • http://youtube.com/icheckvtec LFAaddict

    Loving the wood and the chrome around the speakers in the picture of the trunk..Very nice!

  • seal

    29-30 june 2010 , London , UK , ct200H will be there

    http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/company-car-in-action/view_page.asp?s=online_registration/
    ;-);-)

  • FreeSpirit

    @seal:
    @seal:

    thanks seal
    i love the interior so much
    it sceams european hi level lux.

    hope to see a lot of improvement for lexus next sedan generations
    +i guess that inetrior is far better than the IS,GS even LS

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Have a major correction to make, the black fabric interior is not the NuLuxe material we’ve been hearing about, but a fabric trim level almost certainly reserved for European markets. Here’s a direct quote from the email I received:

    NuLuxe is a synthetic leather, with a smooth, soft, leathery surface. In the U.S., we will offer either NuLuxe or genuine Leather. Europe and some other markets are looking at fabric for their entry level vehicles. The image you have is one of the fabric alternatives.

    Hope that clears up any confusion. :-)

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    jruhi4 wrote:Let me clarify what I understand and heard thus far. James is correct. The NuLuxe is faux leather like Mercedes’ M-B Tex. CT for North America gets a choice of NuLuxe (vinyl) as standard and real leather as an option. What these pictures appear to reveal is that Europe (and, maybe, other markets) get cloth (or, maybe alcantara suede) as standard, NuLuxe as a step-up option and real leather as the top-of-the-line option.

    You’re absolutely correct, jruhi4 — just received official confirmation.

    jruhi4 wrote:And I agree with krew’s guess that the light wood is bamboo. For those that dislike it, don’t fear. There should be an aluminum trim option like on the Lexus IS and, probably, alternate wood options.

    The bamboo strip is rocking my world. Absolutely gorgeous.

  • James

    @krew: I’m glad to hear that.

  • http://www.massimocolombo.info Max from Italy

    krew wrote:Have a major correction to make, the black fabric interior is not the NuLuxe material we’ve been hearing about, but a fabric trim level almost certainly reserved for European markets. Here’s a direct quote from the email I received:

    Hope that clears up any confusion.

    That’s what I said!8-)

  • WorldofLuxury

    Thanks a lot for the worry, Krew!

  • Travis

    I think that it is suede just like on the IS300….its kinda nice actually.

    But like everyone said that wood looks really nice neva seen that before on a car…its actually looks like fresh cut wood ! which is really cool and unique.

    This car is sure to be a hit. 8-)

  • seal

    the fabric is like alcantara suede

    @krew show us the exteriors shots :D You know i can’t wait :D

  • http://my.is jruhi4

    Travis wrote:But like everyone said that wood looks really nice neva seen that before on a car…its actually looks like fresh cut wood ! which is really cool and unique.

    Aston Martin was actually the first carmaker to offer bamboo wood as an option on the DB9. The Lexus CT 200h would become the first volume production car to do so. Since bamboo is the most environmentally sound and easily renewable wood, it is especially appropriate for CT.

  • WorldofLuxury

    @jruhi4: Bamboo grows like crazy! Lexus should take advantage of them!

  • http://user7.jabry.com/jvxdriver/is250_retro.htm JVX

    lexusjoe wrote:@krew..I agree with the comment on “blend of Lexus luxury and European sensibility…the light interior almost looks like a BMW interior, but Nicer!! The Nu-Luxe looks like the Escaine interior the old IS300’s had, like “Josh” said…all in all, this is WAY better than the HS250h. Hopefully this model will REPLACE the HS250h. Lexus needs to cut their losses and move on.

    +1. The HS250h just look awkward. I tried to like it from the beginning, but it still doesn’t look pleasing. It doesn’t have that sleek, proportional, and finesse style of others L-finesse models. I think Lexus just want to increase their hybrids count. The HS250h is all about hybrids. The CT200h is the real hybrid that actually looks sporty and aggressive.

  • WorldofLuxury

    @JVX: aha looks like I’m the only Lexus fan here who hated the HS with passion and hated it even more when one passed by me at an intersection because it looked like a boxy-thingy standy on its tippy-toes. But then, I began liking it after I saw a picture of it in black, saw another picture of it with exaggerated front wheel arches, saw it in person while standing up high, and finally saw one sitting down but ignored the wheels and below.

  • WorldofLuxury

    @JVX: oh, and to add on to what I said above, I also liked the video of the HS when in was introduced in a contest on Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien because the dude in the car was small, and the car’s wheel arches looked bigger than usual, making the whole vehicle look really wide, aggressive, sleek and sporty (with the help of good lighting). I also liked how the interior looked in this one Japanese video with a warm, beige-like color to contrast the black; I almost couldn’t see the weird transition between the buttress below the center dash and the transmission tunnel cover.

    A thing I’ve always liked about the HS is the wood on the door armrests – very thick, stiff, and sturdy, like the wood on a Rolls Royce. The switches are nicer and more intuitive than most Lexus models’, and also, that single piece of plastic around the door handles and memory seat buttons (speakers in the back) is nice and clean – hopefully it’s soft-touch plastic.

    I like the taillights, but I don’t like how the actual lights don’t follow the aggressive pattern of the cluster when they’re turned on.

  • seal
  • seal

    Ok @krew .. i asked you to upload the photos twice .. and i can’t wait that long!! So i upload them myself 8-) 8-)

    From the email i got …
    HERE THEY ARE GUYS !!!!






  • http://my.is jruhi4

    OK, now it’s really clear that those are, indeed, Smoky Granite Mica (dark gray) and Brown Spice Mica. Thanks for posting these, Seal.

  • seal

    You are welcome @jruhi4

    more to come soon ;)

  • Jay

    @FreeSpirit:

    Last I heard the CT will start in the low 30’s. Even if it was priced around 28k or 29k, the NuLuxe interior makes the CT look like a hatchback priced alongside the VW Golf. I think Lexus is aiming the CT more at the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series which have better looking base interior fabric.

    Anyhoo I was worried it wouldn’t be offered with a sunroof, but I’m glad these photos clearly show that a sunroof will be available :)

  • seal

    @WorldofLuxury:

    I do like Smoky Granite Mica ;) Looks so aggressive ! I think that white/pearl white is no longer my first choice .. 8-) Can’t wait to see the other colors too.. (black, red etc)

    Smoky Granite Mica + black OR Grey Leather

  • Eddie

    Love how the wood looks so integrated into the design. YAY! lexus is bringing wood back into their cars!!! :-D

  • RipMoe

    The NuLuxe interior reminds me of the “escaine” (sp?) they used in the first generation IS300. Pretty much looks identical. I don’t mind that being an option too if it’ll make it more affordable for more people. However, I’m not sure I really like the interior all that much outside of the NuLuxe. It looks sort of cheap. Had a new model RX loaner a few months back and I thought it was a little cheap looking and feeling as well.

  • Roger

    I really DO NOT like the fact that ever color option has the BLACK dash/steering wheel.. etc. To me the large contrast looks terrible and a more suitable complimenting color should be used for the dash when Brown/Beige leathers/clothes are desired. The Audi A4 has options like this at least.

    Also.. The CT has only 7 colors. Two of which are kind of off the wall brown and yellow. The others are standard colors. The BMW 3 series offers 13 colors.. 4 of which are Blue! The CT has NO blue color options.. duh!!

    Lexus is becoming very boring and not much of a luxury car maker.. Wish it weren’t true.. I would really like to get this CT… hmmm

    R:)

  • Kay

    Well, since I can’t stand leather which is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, I guess I can delete this car from my shopping list. That leaves a Prius, Fiat 500 Cabrio or Mazda3 hatchback. Good times.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Kay wrote:Well, since I can’t stand leather which is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, I guess I can delete this car from my shopping list. That leaves a Prius, Fiat 500 Cabrio or Mazda3 hatchback. Good times.

    Hi Kay — you might want to check out the NuLuxe material that’s being offered with the CT, it’s like leather but might work better for you.

  • G Perkins51

    Am a xelus driver But Ill bet yall have not drove as any as me are as quikr the chag I was giving thow didn’t pan for them so now I walk the steet looking for a saen boss its nice but the popoer don’t give me the unsaen brakes.99 four nine.