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Lexus CT 200h – the Lexus LF-Ch concept that was

Fri, 12 Feb 2010

The Lexus CT 200h will debut at Geneva next month

Update: 26th Feb: Lexus has now done the full Geneva reveal of the Lexus CT 200h

Lexus did threaten when they brought the LF-Ch concept to the Frankfurt Motor Show in all its goldness that the future for Lexus was hybrids. And despite the less than universal praise the LF-Ch concept received for its looks ‘only a mother could love’ we’re going to get the production version at Geneva next month – the Lexus CT 200h.

Lexus are calling the CT 200h “…the first full hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment” and want us to think of the CT 200h as a big car with all the luxuries you would expect, but in a smaller package and kind to fluffy bunnies.

The name is a little more informative than the concept, but no less clunky (and it’s the name we reported would be used back in July last year for the new small Lexus). The ‘C’ bit no doubt refers to ‘Compact’ and the 200h tells us it’s a 2.0 litre hybrid. But then again, the LS 600h doesn’t have a 6.0 litre engine but a 5.0 litre. The 600 in that case refers to what the LS600h feels like it should have. And then again, it’s rumoured the CT 200h will get the same powertrain as the US-only HS 250h. We think. But who knows.

And really, that’s about it. The Lexus CT 200h will be at Geneva. We’re struggling to say much more, as that’s about all we got from Lexus. Actually, it’s a lot more than Lexus told us. But we can waffle if we have to. We actually got:

But then 3 lines does not an article make.

By Cars UK