2014 Lexus CT200h revealed

  • Revised CT200h introduced at Guangzhou show
  • CO2 emissions drop across the range
  • Revised looks, improved cabin quality

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This is the new Lexus CT200h, which promises a higher-quality interior and even lower CO2 emissions when it reaches British dealers in March 2014.

Unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show in China today, the revised CT200h gets tweaks to its exterior styling that bring it in line with more recent Lexus models like the IS. The main changes are a new front grille, different designs of 16in and 17in alloy wheels, a roof 'shark fin' aerial and revised rear bumpers.

The cabin also gets a makeover, with the IS's steering wheel, a new instrument binnacle featuring a 4.2-inch TFT screen and steering wheel-mounted controls, a revised version of Lexus's infotainment controller and an improved audio system. The car also gets new features, including a rear-view camera and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

More significantly, given the CT200h's popularity as a company car choice, the new model promises greater efficiency from its petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. CO2 emissions for the entry-level S model (with 15in wheels) fall to 82g/km, while the models fitted with 16inch wheels see a reduction to 88g/km.

Lexus also says it has revised the CT200h's suspension settings and introduced 94 additional sound suppression measures for a more comfortable and refined drive. As part of that, the car's CVT gearbox has been reprogrammed to ensure 'a more linear build-up of revs'.

Lexus confirms it will release UK specs and prices in January, but we'd expect the revised CT200h to cost only slightly more than the model it replaces.

By John McIlroy

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