Refreshed for 2018, the Lexus CT 200h five-door compact combines a sophisticated urban look with unique craftsmanship and the most advanced technologies. Retailing at R529 300 in South Africa, the most affordable model in the Lexus range includes a 4 Year/ 100 000km Distance Maintenance Plan. Get to experience an exclusive kind of luxury with exquisitely finished leather, advanced safety features and flawless paintwork.
Here are three of our favourite new features from the new and improved model.
The cabin continues to express Lexus quality and craftsmanship. It’s use of fine trim and upholstery materials, rich soft-touch surface textures and a “form-follows-function” styling philosophy. According to the selected multimedia system, the central display screen has been enlarged from 7 to 10.3 inches for the Lexus Premium Navigation – for clearer presentation and greater ease of use. The range of interior colourways has also been increased and now includes standard nuluxe material in Black/Fundamental and Sunflare Brown/Fundamental.
LEXUS HYBRID DRIVE
CT 200h introduced Lexus’ second- generation petrol-electric and self-charging hybrid technology to the premium compact segment. It benefits from an Energy Management System which ensures quiet running, seamless acceleration and the kind of performance customers expect from a premium hatchback vehicle. Lexus Hybrid Drive further helps protect air quality by producing significantly lower NOx and particulate emissions than an equivalent diesel-powered vehicle. Moreover, when operating in all-electric EV mode, it generates no harmful tailpipe emissions and uses no petrol.
DRIVE MODE SELECT
As well as the full hybrid powertrain’s Normal drive mode, three on-demand drive modes – EV, ECO and SPORT – can be selected, adapting the vehicle’s performance to suit the driver’s mood or the road conditions. According to the mode chosen, priority is given to driving efficiency, fuel economy and emissions, or performance and dynamic handling.
EV, ECO and Normal modes place the emphasis on a relaxing drive from start-up and at speeds below 45km/h, CT 200h will automatically operate in EV mode for short distances when conditions permit, running solely on its electric motor, with zero tailpipe emissions and minimal noise. Furthermore the CVT 200h’s system allows for regenerative braking, which significantly improves fuel economy and reduces emissions.
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