New Rumors on the Next-Generation Lexus CT

Japanese magazine Mag-X has some new rumors on the next-generation Lexus CT, including the above rendering that suggests the hybrid hatchback will be getting more than just a fresh new design.

Mag-X reports that while the new CT will still be based off the Toyota Prius, it may incorporate SUV features in order to compete with vehicles like the Mercedes GLC. This unusual rumor is likely built off the raised CT prototype spotted in the Netherlands back in 2013:

Lexus CT Test Mule

Of course, this rumor would be directly opposed to recent images of a camouflaged CT in Europe:

Lexus CT Prototype

The Mag-X article also suggests that the next-generation CT will be further differentiated from the next-generation Prius by using a 2.0L hybrid engine, though that seems like a reach — it makes more sense that both models would use the same engine.

Source: Mag-X Via: Steering News

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  • J
  • August 3, 2015
if they want the CT to be a true competitor they need to throw the 2 liter turbo in so people who want to have the sportiness and not feeling that they are just driving a luxury prius, while having the capabilities of taking your kid to soccer practice is possible. don't get me wrong they can still keep the hybrid motor they have but i think its safe to have 2 options to compete.
Interesting. It could also just be that the power train doesn't mount optimally in the CT200h mule they are using. The next prius is using tnga so........
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    Adrian de Leon
  • August 3, 2015
If lexus wanted a GLC type competitor, they should just call the CT the CX, and keep the CT a hatchback with greater engine options. I say 2.0l turbo the 2.0l hybrid engine and for the f model (i know lexus said they weren't going to make an F version of the FWD models, But on can dream) use either a tuned version of the 2.0l turbo making around 300+ horsepower or just make a new 3.0l turbo that can be used throughout the line up
  • G
  • August 3, 2015
I quite like that render, actually!
  • D
    Daniel Guyton
  • August 4, 2015
GREAT IDEA.....lets make another flop like the HS. at least the current CT is kinda cool.
  • R
    Rob Grieveson
  • August 4, 2015
I like it but it is very different from the current model thus no evolvement just a Big Bang approach. Agree that Lexus should offer an alternate power source like the 2 litre turbo motor or a brand new 1.6 turbo which Toyota need in their range anyway. Looking forward to more definite news and pics etc.
  • H
  • August 4, 2015
I am hopping for a true sexy hatchback with the new 2.0.L turbo engine. It would be a great choice for such a car.
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    Cody Wright
  • August 5, 2015
The concept sketch above is more of a drastic change in styling compared to the previous models on the backside. I do like the styling though, the defining line on the rear quarter is very nice and the X styling on the grill is very nice as well.
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    Lasse J. Nordvik
  • August 6, 2015
I'm inclined to think that we'll get sub-NX cross-over based on the Toyota 4wd hybrid that'll soon replace the Urban Cruiser and a CT hatchback as two separate vehicles,not one that does both.
  • P
  • August 6, 2015
Let's face it the CT is a hatch and a hybrid. 1) hatchbacks don't sell in USA 2) Hybrids don't sell in Europe The move to come out with a "crossover" CT, shouldn't be any surprise to anyone and I would be surprised if there was no gas version, at least for Europe.
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    Rob Grieveson
  • August 7, 2015
Looks great! Hope it is in fact very similar to this when it arrives. The CT is a niche model and i am no longer so sure it has to have a normal petrol engine, it is one of the models that make Lexus products unique in the market place, it has done well overall sales wise and i am not sure it is the intention of Lexus to just be the same as everyone else i.e. go faster! It is a very satisfying and different drive and of course economical to boot.