The all-new Lexus CT 200h Premium Compact Sportback the World’s First Luxury Hybrid Sportback

  • Fun-to-drive with sport-tuned suspension, CT 200h offers best overall combined fuel economy in luxury segment at 4.6L/100km
  • Standard Safety Features Include Eight Airbags
  • starting below $31,000
(TORONTO, On) – March 23, 2011 – The all-new 2011 CT 200h luxury sportback hybrid is now on sale across Canada as the first dedicated luxury compact hybrid.  The fifth hybrid to enter the world’s most comprehensive lineup of luxury hybrid vehicles, the Lexus CT 200h starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $30,950. The Lexus CT 200h is the gateway into the Lexus lineup, offering agile handling and performance with the same level of refinement, quality and reliability that guests have come to expect from the Lexus brand, while poised to welcome new guests to Lexus.
“The CT 200h proves Lexus guests can have it all: a fun-to-drive vehicle that delivers bold performance and design in a luxury sportback hybrid that offers class leading combined fuel efficiency – all at a truly attractive price point,” said Larry Hutchinson, Director of Lexus in Canada.
The CT 200h can be operated in a switchable EV mode which generates zero emissions. Moreover, the CT 200h emits approximately 60 per cent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle, and has estimated fuel consumption ratings of 4.5L/100km in the city and 4.8L/100km on the highway utilizing regular gasoline.
In addition to the EV and Normal drive modes, the CT 200h offers Sport and Eco modes which can help enhance either performance and dynamic ability or driving efficiency, fuel economy and emissions. EV, Eco and Normal drive modes emphasize ride comfort and smooth acceleration.
Sport mode maximizes the CT 200h’s performance and agility. The throttle and Electric Power Steering (EPS) settings are modified. In addition, Sport mode provides less intrusive operation of the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) systems. When Sport mode is selected, instrument panel lighting changes from blue to red and the hybrid power indicator is replaced with a tachometer.
To further enhance the overall driving experience, CT 200h features a sporty, wide-grip steering wheel and drivers sit in a low, 8-way power seat with a long seat cushion, lumbar support, and aggressive side bolsters.
Standard features on the CT 200h include the Smart Key system with push-button Start/Stop and touch sensors on exterior front-door handles; leather-wrapped steering wheel; a six-speaker audio system with steering wheel audio controls, MP3/WMA capability, CD player, and Bluetooth for phone and music streaming capabilities; integrated XM satellite radio receiver; USB/iPod connectivity; 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels; heated front seats and dual zone automatic climate control. The CT 200h also incorporates a standard eight-airbag Supplemental Restraint System.
To meet the needs of Canadian drivers, the CT 200h is available with a Touring Package, which includes 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels and a power moonroof. The available Premium Package builds on the Touring Package by adding the following the features:
  • Drivers seat memory system with mirrors linked to seat memory
  • Leather seat surfaces
  • Auto-dimming side view mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror with backup camera and compass
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Garage door opener
  • 10 speakers and 6-disc CD changer 
Canadian Lexus guests can also select an optional Technology Package which builds on the Premium Package by adding the following features:
  • LED headlamps and headlamp washers
  • Voice-activated HDD Navigation system with Remote Touch (with the Technology Package, the backup camera is displayed in the Navigation screen instead of the rear view mirror)
Product Details:
Hybrid Powertrain
The CT 200h is powered by a 1.8L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder gas engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and Lexus Hybrid Drive technology.
The CT 200h’s Lexus Hybrid Drive technology features two motor generators. Each performs specific functions and can operate as both a motor and generator. The engine-driven generator can charge the battery pack or provide additional power to the drive motor as needed. The drive motor is driven by electrical power from the hybrid battery pack or generator and provides motive force for the front wheels. The hybrid battery pack is located under the rear cargo area within the wheelbase for optimized balance.
The electric motor, generator and power split device are all housed in one highly compact casing the size of a conventional gearbox, with drive to the front wheels provided by Lexus Hybrid Drive’s quiet and smooth shift-by-wire, electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (E-CVT).
The CT 200h is also equipped with four drive-modes: Normal, Eco, Sport and EV. Normal mode has an essentially linear throttle response that gives naturally progressive power while the Power Control Unit (PCU) limits drive voltage to a maximum of 500 volts. The Eco mode adjusts air conditioning settings and the throttle for the best possible fuel economy. For an enhanced fun-to-drive experience, Sport mode, a first for the Lexus hybrid line-up, can be selected. Sport mode provides more direct Electric Power Steering (EPS) settings and throttle while the PCU boosts drive voltage to a maximum output of 650 volts. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) are less intrusive when Sport mode is selected, allowing for more lively driving. In EV mode, under certain circumstances, the vehicle can be driven up to one mile using only the electric motors.
The sporty compact sportback hybrid also features an ECO driving indicator that illuminates when the vehicle is being operated in an environmentally sensitive manner.
Active and Passive Safety
Like all Lexus vehicles, CT 200h is equipped with many standard active safety features including an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), TRAC and VSC.
The four-channel, four-sensor ABS helps reduce stopping time and improves control while braking. EBD monitors all four wheels during braking and varies brake pressure to each wheel based on driving conditions and available traction.
During hard braking the BA system helps boost braking force when the driver does not apply enough pressure to the brake pedal. BA intervenes when the system senses that the driver’s action indicates an emergency-stopping situation and allows the driver to benefit from more of the vehicle’s full braking power.
TRAC helps optimize traction by working with the Electronic Throttle Control System (ETCS), ABS and VSC to help prevent the drive wheels from spinning while accelerating under slippery conditions.
The VSC system is designed to help identify when the tires experience lateral slippage during cornering, or turning on slippery road surfaces. VSC responds by applying the brakes and reducing the throttle to help keep the vehicle on track. VSC works in concert with ABS and TRAC systems on slippery or dry road surfaces.
The CT 200h will incorporate a standard eight airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) with dual-stage airbags and knee airbags for driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags, and front seat-mounted side airbags to help protect passengers in certain types of severe frontal or side collisions.
Lexus engineers developed the five-passenger CT 200h for excellent handling and a comfortable ride. Its fun-to-drive experience is aided by the lowest possible center of gravity for the car and the concentration of mass as close to the center as possible. Engineers positioned the seats as low and as close together in the chassis as possible without sacrificing comfort. They also created a low ride height and driver’s hip point to further enhance driving control and enjoyment.
For superior driving dynamics, particular attention has been paid to structural rigidity through the optimization of weld points, and the reinforcement of the wheel mounts, steering gearbox mount, steering column assembly, and the suspension members. To help minimize unnecessary engine movement and achieve a precise steering feel, the front engine mounts have unique lateral stabilizers.
A custom suspension design combining a MacPherson strut front system with a unique, double wishbone architecture to the rear helps the CT 200h offer excellent handling. Numerous elements of the MacPherson strut front suspension system were developed exclusively for the CT 200h by Lexus engineers. The rear suspension features a lightweight trailing arm and positions the coil spring and shock absorber separately to minimize system intrusion into the cargo floor.
Exterior Design
CT 200h, with visible links to the LF-Ch compact hybrid concept that debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, was designed to be a fun-to-drive luxury vehicle that achieves high fuel efficiency. The overall design combines sportiness, and elegance. The low center of gravity design combines short front and rear overhangs with a lowered edge of the rear roof allowing the CT 200h to cut through the wind. The grille and headlamps with standard LED daytime running lamps illustrate airflow with their three-dimensional arrowhead-shaped design cues, and strongly emphasize the unique, dynamic face of the CT 200h. Like all Lexus hybrids, the CT 200h has a blue “L” logo in the center of its grille.
The CT 200h is further distinguished by its long, aerodynamic roofline and unique Lexus slingshot window graphic. Its elegant silhouette is marked by a steeply raked windshield and flowing roofline. In the rear, the trailing edge of the roof overhangs the wide, wraparound window to create a seamlessly integrated spoiler housing a high-mount stop light. A pronounced step in the rear bumper flows from the muscular rear wheel arch shoulders, and is anchored by a sweeping taillamp design that incorporates a Lexus-unique L-shaped motif, first introduced in the LS flagship luxury sedan. In addition, the hood and rear hatch door are made of aluminum to minimize weight.
Interior Design
The CT 200h interior focuses on the driver, and is based on clearly divided display and operational zones. This layout positions functional equipment such as Remote Touch, the shift lever and steering wheel mounted audio controls close at hand, allowing the driver to operate them without having to change posture or divert attention from the road. The instrument panel, centre cluster and console all make up what Lexus designers call advanced Human-Machine Interface (HMI). Based on Lexus L-Finesse design philosophy, the interior exudes a sporty yet spacious environment. The driver-centered cabin then combines these sporty touches with refined interior components that have been carefully designed to express the true form and fit of the material. The cabin is trimmed with metal and a new synthetic material called NuLuxe™ that is soft to the touch like leather. Leather-trimmed seating will be available as an option.
A sporty, wide-grip steering wheel gives the driver command of the road while three large, high-visibility dials, speedometer, tachometer/hybrid meter and fuel gauge, in the instrument panel (IP), provide the driver with pertinent information. In Normal or Eco modes, the IP features a blue background. When the Sport mode is selected, a tachometer replaces the hybrid meter on the IP and the IP back lighting turns red. The drive mode switch and center console are also illuminated in red adding to the cabin’s sporty atmosphere.
Standard comfort and convenience features will include fold-flat rear seats, SmartAccess key system, tilt and telescopic steering wheel column, steering wheel audio controls, front sport seats, and an eight-way power driver’s seat. A memory driver’s seat is optional.
A six-speaker Lexus Premium audio system with a CD player, auxiliary and USB inputs, integrated iPod control, Bluetooth audio wireless connectivity, and integrated XM Radio is standard.  Owners receive a complimentary 6-month trial subscription to XM Radio.
An optional moonroof is also be available. For added convenience the optional hard disc drive (HDD) Lexus Navigation system features a back-up camera, voice command casual language-based voice recognition system, Bluetooth phonebook download and Lexus’ exclusive Remote Touch controller with user-adjustable haptic feedback.
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Number of cylinders and arrangement
4 cylinders, in-line
Octane number
Fuel Consumption
4.5/4.8/4.6 L/100km
63/59/61 MPG 
Horsepower hp (kW)
134 (100)
Motor type
Permanent magnet synchronous motor
Battery type
Nickel-Metal Hydride
FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
Gearbox type
Electrically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT)
Coil spring
MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar
Coil spring
Double wishbone with stabilizer bar
Electric power-assisted rack and pinion
Power steering type
Electric Power Steering
Overall length
170.1  / 4,320
Overall width
69.5 / 1,765
Overall height
Wheel base
56.3 / 1,430
102.4 / 2,600
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