Lexus entered the „premium compact“ segment today by launching their CT 200h hybrid hatchback in Japan. They could call it CT 200hhh – as in harmonious hatch hybrid. We’ll get to the harmonious in a minute.
A 1.8-liter Atkinson engine creates the power for the hybrid system. It gets 34.0 km/liter according to Japanese rules. That converts to 80 mpg, using a straight (non-EPA) conversion. The CO2 production is likewise impressive: Only 68 g/km or 76 g/km of CO2 are produced (depending on the test cycle.)
An F Sport version buys a special front grille, sporty seat fabric, a tuned suspension and high-performance tires. The power train remains the same.
The h in the CT 200 h definitely doesn’t stand for hooning. The CT 200h rewards environmentally considerate driving with a “Harmonious Driving Navigator” that gives you awards points for environmentally considerate driving. The points actually have value, they can be used to donate to charity. More details in the official press release.