Lexus CT200h to get mid-life tweaks

Lexus CT200h to get mid-life tweaks

Lexus has announced a raft of changes to its CT200h hatchback in order to freshen it up.

The CT200h, which has been on sale in the UK since early 2011, is Lexus's rival for the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class.

However, new versions of each of those models have been introduced since the CT200h, giving rise to the need for a spot of mid-life nip-and-tuck.

Externally, changes are subtle, and bring the CT200h into line with Lexus's new-shape IS.

It gains a version of the controversial 'spindle' grille first seen on its larger stablemate, as well as a selection of tweaks to the front and rear lights and bumpers.

New alloy wheel designs also feature, in both 16- and 17-inch diameters, and a new range of paint colours will also be available.

Inside, the facelifted CT200h gets a new steering wheel, a new infotainment setup with a 4.2-inch TFT screen, and a rather unusual audio system which Lexus says features bamboo fibre, plant opal and charcoal in the speakers.

A series of other revisions to the body, suspension and aerodynamics feature, including a revised rear anti-roll bar, which Lexus says has improved ride quality, one of the CT200h's previous weak points.

Lexus also says that it's managed to reduce the emissions from the CT200h's hybrid drivetrain by 5g/km to 82g/km, and has introduced new transmission mapping to give a smoother driving experience.

There's no word yet on what the revised CT200h will cost, but Lexus tells us it'll be announcing more details on the new model in January.
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