Toyota is continuing its quest to
spread hybrid technology throughout
its entire lineup of vehicles and the next stop for the hybrid
train is the all-new Lexus CT 200h. The CT 200h is the production
version of the Lexus
LF-Ch concept which debuted last year. Although the CT 200h is
toned down quite a bit from its concept form, it still shares much of
the design philosophy first seen five months ago.
Unlike its HS
250h sibling, the CT 200h forgoes the largish 2.4-liter inline-4
engine and instead uses a 1.8-liter VVT-i four-cylinder engine. As is the case with Toyota's other hybrid vehicles, the gasoline engine is paired
with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), electric motor, and
a NiMH battery pack.
Toyota isn't discussing official fuel
economy numbers for the CT 200h, but it does say that the vehicle can
travel a measly 1.2 miles and at up to 28 mph on battery power alone.
Assuming that the 1.8-liter VVT-i
engine used the CT 200h is the same 2ZR-FXE motor used
in the Prius, expect to see stellar fuel economy for the vehicle.
The Prius is pegged at 50 mpg combined, but every aspect of the
vehicle from its tires to its body shape to its underbody is designed
to slice through the wind with the utmost efficiency. The CT 200h has
a more conventional shape, but we'd be surprised if it dips below 40
mpg combined using the same powertrain as the Prius.
The Lexus CT 200h is due to debut for
the European market later this year. It is unknown if the vehicle
will find its way to the U.S. -- there may not be enough room in the
Lexus lineup with the HS
250h already occupying the bottom rung.