First deliveries of the new car take place in March
The car's facelift comes two years after its launch
Inside, there are mild tweaks including the adoption of new 7-inch TFT screen
The new cabin features improved soundproofing
The CT200h was first launched in 2011
Lexus has 'significantly enhanced' body rigidity
Lexus says it has upgraded materials inside the cabin
The facelifted model was first shown at the Guangzhou motor show
The facelift intends to address complaints about the current car's unyielding ride
Lexus says improvements have been made to the car's refinement overall
The firm has also lowered the car's official CO2 rating
In its most efficient form, the new CT200h returns just 82g/km of CO2
The front bumper, grille and rear bumper have all been redesigned
A new F-Sport version of the CT200h also joins the range
The new car features a rear spoiler and a more aggressive grille design
The 2014 CT200h is available to order now
Prices start from £20,995
The larger spindle grille is set to become a hallmark of future Lexus designs
The tailgate structure of the new car is constructed using a larger number of spot welds
Structural adhesive as well as spot welds are used join the panels around the lower tailgate opening
The interior has received a range of minor tweaks
The updated model was first teased with this preview shot
The facelifted Lexus CT200h has gone on sale, with prices starting from £20,995.
The facelift aims to address the biggest complaint about the current car: its unyielding ride. Lexus says that improvements have also been made to the CT200h’s overall refinement.
Perhaps most impressively, Lexus engineers have managed to further lower the CT200h's official CO2 rating. Models equipped with 16in wheels see CO2 output fall from 94g/km to 88g/km. Models fitted with 15in wheels see the CO2 figures drop from 87g/km to just 82g/km.
The front bumper and grille and rear bumper have also been redesigned to fit in with the new Lexus design language, particularly the ‘spindle grille’
Prices for the facelifted model in standard trim start at £20,995, a £1000 reduction over the outgoing car, and rise to £29,495 for the top-spec Premier version.
According to Chika Kako, the chief engineer for the 2014 model CT200h, the balance between wanting ‘direct handling’ and achieving a more absorbent ride has been addressed by selective stiffening of the bodyshell.
To that end, structural adhesive as well as spot welds are used join the panels around the base of the A-pillars, around the rear wheel housings and around the lower tailgate opening. The tailgate structure is now also constructed using an increased number of spot welds.
Kako says that the ‘significantly enhanced’ body rigidity has allowed ‘direct’ handling to be retained even thought the springs and dampers have been retuned for a more compliant ride and a new rear anti-roll bar fitted.
In order to improve cabin refinement, revised sound proofing was fitted to the bulkhead and as many as 94 individual changes – such as the improved sealing of the holes in the bulkhead itself – were made to reduce sound transmission into the cockpit. The current range of six trim specifications - dubbed S, SE, Advance, Luxury, F Sport and Premier, are retained.
The car also gets a revised and quieter intake system, as well as remapping of the way the engine and CVT transmission work together.
This uses a ‘more linear build-up of engine revs which more closely matches the increase in vehicle speed to create a driving experience more akin to that of a conventional automatic transmission.’
Inside, Lexus says it has further upgraded the cabin materials and fit, as well as adding a new TFT screen, which is thinner and now fixed in position. New speakers are fitted with super-thin diaphragms made from a combination of bamboo fibre, plant opal and charcoal.
A new F-sport version also joins the range. It gets a rear spoiler, more aggressive grille design, 17in alloys and a retuned chassis. The 2014 CT200h is available to order now, with first deliveries scheduled for March.