|2011 Lexus CT 200h 5 door - official photo|
A few details were released about the CT 200h, with Lexus only saying in its press release that it will be equipped with second-generation "Lexus Hybrid Drive technology", meaning it will have the same drivetrain (134 horsepower combined) as the current Prius.
Lexus's first "premium" compact model.
Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain with 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engine and powerful but compact electric motor.
Full hybrid system with selectable EV mode for emissions-free electric running and further selectable ECO, NORMAL and SPORT driving modes.
ECVT electronic continuously variable transmission.
Expected to deliver class-leading CO2 emissions.
Obviously, significantly lower NOx emissions than equivalent diesel engines and almost no particulates.
The exterior is styled for maximum aerodynamic efficiency.
Here's my question - BWM already has the 1-series, Mercedes is rumored to be looking at launching the A and/or B class here in the US, and Cadillac is looking to market a smallish (between a BWM 1-series and 3-series) RWD sport sedan on its "Alpha" platform - how much of a market is out there for premium hybrids/compacts? Why not just buy a Prius or a Volt?
|2011 Lexus CT 200h hybrid interior|