High-performace, plug-in hybrid Lexus CT 200h planned, compact Lexus SUV in the works

2011 Lexus CT 200h

According to Toyota Europe boss Didier Leroy, Lexus has no plans to offer a coupe or wagon version of the new CT 200h hybrid hatchback, which made its European debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show last week. Didier said that the CT 200h won’t be sold in sufficient numbers to justify a coupe or wagon variant of the model.

Nonetheless, according to sources, engineers are working on a high-performance version of the Lexus CT 200h along with a plug-in hybrid version for 2012.

A small SUV that will compete with the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 is also in the works.

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Refresher: Power for the Lexus CT 200h comes from a 1.8L VVT-i gasoline engine mated to a powerful electric-motor fueled by nickel-metal hydride batteries. The models produces a total system output of 134 hp allowing it to go from 0-60 mph in 9.8 seconds. The 2011 CT 200h gets a combined EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 42 mpg. Unlike a mild-hybrid system, the CT 200h has an EV (electric-vehicle) mode that allows it to run on only on its electric-motor for up to 1.2 miles at speeds of up to 28 mph.

2011 Lexus CT 200h:

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar