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Lexus CT

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Lexus logo1 Apr 2014

By ROBBIE WALLIS

As the premium small hatch segment grew and grew, Lexus managed to maintain solid, if unspectacular sales numbers for its CT200t hybrid hatch, helped by a facelift in 2014.

The Japanese luxury marque made improvements to body rigidity, noise, vibration and harshness levels and the suspension tune for a more compliant ride.

The exterior was upgraded with a more bold version of the spindle grille, while the cabin gained a new IS-style 370mm-diameter steering wheel, upgraded TFT screen, second-generation Lexus Remote Touch multimedia controller, a new gear-lever, revised trim, some different switches and soft-touch plastics on the console and elbow rest. Under the bonnet was the 73kW/142Nm 1.8-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine matched to a parallel hybrid system comprising a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and a CVT transmission sending power to the front wheels. System output was 100kW all up which was enough for a 0-100km/h time of 10.3 seconds. Fuel consumption was 4.1 litres/100km.

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