Among the numerous media reports covering the launch of the CT 200h, some interesting details about the new Lexus hatchback’s platform have emerged—Autocar reports (emphasis added):
The CT200h is 4320mm long, 1765mm and 1430mm high, meaning it is longer, wider and taller than the A3 and 1-series. Its 2600mm wheelbase is only eclipsed by the 1-series’ 2660mm and its 345-litre boot is bettered only by the A3’s 350-litre capacity. […]
Although not confirmed, a small SUV and three-door CT200h are set to be spun off this platform.
A similar article was filed by Car and Driver regarding a possible new CT-based crossover:
We’ve also learned that the car is based on a new platform that isn’t shared with any other Lexus or Toyota products, featuring a wishbone rear suspension and struts up front. The architecture may be used in future Lexus products such as a small crossover, in which case it would use electric motors for an all-wheel-drive setup like that of the RX450h hybrid crossover.
It certainly would be interesting to see what a 3-door CT 200h would look like. A small ‘cute-ute’ Lexus crossover has also been rumored for quite some time, although Lexus USA executives have questioned the suitability of such a model for the US market. In Europe however, a small hybrid crossover could build on the CT 200h’s foothold in the compact luxury segment. It appears that following Lexus’ decision to produce a model specifically engineered to the tastes of European luxury buyers, an expanded lineup of related Euro-focused compact models may be a genuine possibility.