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Report: 2011 Lexus CT 200h to start at $29,120*

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Report: 2011 Lexus CT 200h to start at $29,120*

by Jeremy Korzeniewski (RSS feed) on Dec 14th 2010 at 6:40PM


If Lexus has any hope of meeting its goal of selling 1,000 CTs here in the U.S. each month, the little hybrid hatchback is going to need an attractive price point. Whether or not $29,120, the rumored base price of the 2011 CT 200h (*not including destination, taxes, etc.), will be enough to get foot traffic in Lexus dealerships remains to be seen.

According to the website The Lexus Enthusiast, this pricing data was mistakenly leaked a day ahead of its planned-for arrival by the official blog for Lexus of Reno, apparently since removed. If true, a tad over $31K out the door ought to nab you a nicely equipped CT with a moonroof and heated seats, and of course there are a slew of available options that include premium audio, navigation, leather seating surfaces and Lexus' Pre-Collision technology.

For what it's worth, assuming these prices are accurate, the 2011 CT 200h will be the least expensive new Lexus sold in America. The base price for the IS series and HS 250h hybrid sedan is several thousand dollars higher. And, perhaps more importantly, the CT looks to be priced about $2,000 less than the 2011 Audi A3 TDI.



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By Drew Johnson

Lexus has officially priced its CT 200h premium hybrid hatchback. Lexus’ latest dedicated hybrid model will arrive at dealers with a starting price of $29,995, including destination.

Lexus didn’t announce any options pricing, but we suspect the CT 200h will be capable of pushing -0 if not crossing — the $40,000 barrier.

Interior design

Inside the CT 200h, Lexus promises a highly-focused driver’s environment aimed at creating a “sporting driving experience.” This hybrid features a low driver’s seat with increased lateral and lumbar support, a sport-minded, wide grip steering wheel and an instrument cluster housing large, high-visibility, triple dials.

Unique suspension technology

Although the CT 200h does not come on an all-new platform, Lexus promises the platform was heavily modified with extra attention given to improved handling stability by adding additional structural integrity through the vehicle’s shell, as well as a lower center of gravity. Lexus also employed the use of a unique lateral performance damper system aimed at reducing body vibrations and providing for a linear steering feel.

“When the all-new Lexus CT 200h enters the market, it will be the only hybrid vehicle in the emerging premium compact segment,” said Mark Templin, Lexus division group vice president and general manager. The CT will compete at a lower price point than the automaker’s HS 250h.

Lexus’ new sporty and versatile five-door will be the brand’s second dedicated hybrid and its fifth hybrid vehicle in the U.S. Its positioning in North America does seem to run contrary to its traditionally more conservative offerings in the automaker’s largest market. Although Audi has seen some limited success with its sporty A3 TDI, no other automaker offers a luxury-grade five-door hatchback in North America, making the CT 200h somewhat of a bold move for Lexus.

Based on an all-new front-wheel drive platform, the CT 200h will slot in as Lexus’ only hybrid-only platform in Europe, where the HS 250h is not currently sold.

The CT 200h is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) mated to Toyota’s Lexus Hybrid Drive system. The gas-electric drivetrain features four different settings, including ECO, NORMAL and SPORT. The fourth EV setting, seen in some of Lexus’ other recent hybrid offerings, allows the CT 200h to travel up to 1.2 miles at speeds up to 28 mph on all-electric power.

Total output is rated at 134 horsepower, resulting in a rather leisurely 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds. However, the CT 200h does return a combined 42mpg.



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Based on its Coolness Factor, it's about $28,000 too expensive.

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New Lexus CT-200h Hybrid Priced from $29,995 in the U.S.



Lexus has dropped pricing details for its all-new CT-200h ahead of the hybrid model's U.S. market launch in early March. The five-door model will be priced from $29,120, plus $875 for delivery, processing and handling, which comes out to a total of $29,995 [about €22,450] making it the least expensive car in the Lexus lineup in the U.S.

“For just $1,000 more than the cost of a non-luxury hybrid, buyers can indulge in a CT 200h with our proven Lexus Hybrid Drive technology,” said Mark Templin, group vice president and general manager, Lexus Division. “Lexus hybrids currently make up 90 percent of all luxury hybrid sales in the U.S., so you can imagine how excited we are to continue our leadership in this market with the CT 200h.”

The fifth hybrid model in the Lexus lineup makes use of a 1.8-liter gasoline engine that works in conjunction with an electric motor, a battery and a generator. The system has a combined total output of 134 hp (100 kW) and allows the CT 200h to accelerate from 0-60 mph [96 km/h] in 9.8 seconds. According to the manufacturer, the hybrid model has EPA-estimated ratings of 43 mpg city and 40 mpg on the highway utilizing regular 87-octane gasoline.

Standard features on all CT 200h's include SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop and touch sensors on exterior front-door handles; leather steering wheel; a six-speaker, audio system with a CD player, and Bluetooth; integrated satellite radio receiver (with a complimentary 90-day trial subscription); USB/iPod connectivity; 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels; and dual zone automatic climate control. The CT 200h is also equipped with a standard eight-airbag Supplemental Restraint System.

Optional features will include a sixth-generation navigation system with a backup camera, a moonroof, heated seats, and a Premium Audio Package, which includes the Lexus premium audio system with 10-speakers and six-disc CD changer, HomeLink and electrochromic rearview mirror with compass.



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