Lexus CT 200h Sedan Spotted?

Lexus HS CT Mystery Mule

A Motor Trend editor spotted a mystery prototype in Southern California, and noting its similarity to the Lexus HS 250h, believes it to be an early version of a CT 200h sedan — let’s start with some photo comparisons to get it out of the way:

Lexus CT vs Mystery Prototype vs. HS 250h
Lexus CT vs Mystery vs HS Etc.

Nothing about this prototype reminds me of the CT, though it does bring to mind the hydrogen HS mule that was spotted last year:

Lexus HS Hydrogen Mule

The overall shape seems dated, and not really in line with the design direction of Lexus (or even Toyota) — have to think it makes more sense if this prototype is testing a new powertrain configuration.

See more photos of the mystery prototype