The compact premium SUV market is booming, and Lexus wants in
This test mule appears to be using a CT200h’s body, but it has a higher roofline and deeper sides and is riding higher than its hatchback sibling. However, Lexus stylists have clearly elected to keep close to the design language of the CT200h.
The CT200h’s transversely mounted 1.8-litre petrol engine and electric motor powertrain probably rules out a four-wheel-drive version of the SUV. The existing drivetrain, which has its battery pack mounted under the boot floor, sends a combination of petrol and/or electric power to the front wheels.
It’s likely that this new Lexus — possibly badged CX200 — will be marketed on its low CO2 emissions rather than its off-road performance.