According to recent speculations, it seems that the CT 200h’s days are numbered. Several reports have suggested that Lexus is likely to kill off its hybrid hatchback in mid-2018. With sales that average around 10,000 units per year, the company’s decision to end its life cycle doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Arriving as a sportier version of the Prius in 2010, the CT 200h has struggled to catch on ever since. Now, the Japanese automaker is aiming to replace this unconventional hatchback with an all-new sub-compact CUV. If that pans out, the 2018 Lexus CT 200h will mark the end of this capable hybrid car. Apart from receiving new exterior colors and wheel designs, the upcoming model won’t stray far from its predecessor.
2018 Lexus CT 200h Design Changes
Although the CT 200h shares its underpinnings with the third-generation Prius, it features its own exterior styling. This sleek hatchback sports the brand’s signature spindle grille that dominates its front fascia. It also features an athletic appearance with plenty of creases as well as muscular wheel arches. While the interior is not as roomy as it should be, it gets high-quality trim and materials. As it’s expected from a Lexus, the 2018 CT 200h will offer an exceptionally comfortable cabin space. It will even feature a number of eco-friendly materials that normally do not appear in this class. Those include bamboo speaker frames, lightweight simulated leather as well as floor mats made from 30-percent plant-based materials. Of course, expect the 2018 Lexus CT 200h to offer a long list of upscale features that come standard.
2018 Lexus CT 200h Specs
The 2018 Lexus CT 200h will have the familiar gas-electric system under its hood. The conventional 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder making 98 horsepower will come paired with an 80-hp electric-drive motor. The system’s combined output is rated at 134 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. With its 43 mpg, the Lexus CT 200h is still one of the most frugal hatchbacks available on the market. However, its performance is pretty mediocre for this price range. It takes as long as 10 seconds to get from a standstill to 60 mph.
Instead of the hybrid hatch that never really took off, Lexus is due to add another crossover to its lineup. Having in mind the soaring demand for all sorts of crossover SUVs, that might prove to be a wise decision. In the meantime, the Lexus CT 200h 2018 , will be a reasonable choice for those who opt for sleek-looking hybrids.