Premium Compact Hybrid: 2011 Lexus CT 200h
The 2011 Lexus CT 200h is poised to become the new entry-level hybrid model for the Lexus brand. By all accounts, the vehicle does an excellent job of balancing fuel-efficiency along with the power and luxury for which Lexus has become known. Take a first look at the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h and review the mpg, specifications and price of the all-new hybrid.
New 2011 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Performance
The CT 200h combines a number of green technologies to deliver an estimated 42-mpg combined. To achieve that figure, Lexus has outfitted their new hybrid with a 1.8-liter VVT-i four-cylinder gas engine that is mated to an electric motor. Combined, the vehicle outputs 134 horsepower and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 9.8 seconds.
While this may seem a little low for a vehicle with Lexus badging, the luxury car dealer indicates that the driving focus was placed on ride comfort and handling. Lexus insists that a variety of technologies make the CT 200h one of the most nimble vehicles they've ever created.
The vehicle also boasts significantly reduced NOx emissions and zero particulate emissions than competing diesel models. Other environmentally friendly features include LED lighting, the use of bio-sourced materials and an energy efficient audio system amplifier.
New 2011 Lexus CT 200h Design
With a crisp and sexy hatchback design, the Lexus CT 200h exudes a sporty feel that is intended to attract a more youthful segment of drivers to the Lexus brand. Outwardly, the lines of the CT 200h are intended to mimic the natural flow of wind. Inside, the vehicle's focus shifts instead to flow naturally around the driver. A low seating position and premium interior design provide a sporty, yet elegant drive. In terms of practicality, the interior cabin offers plenty of room for both front and rear passengers. Luggage capacity comes in at 14.3 cubic feet.
New 2011 Lexus CT 200h Safety
The CT 200h seems intent on raising the bar for safety among the entry-level luxury class. The vehicle is available with no less than eight airbags (including knee airbags for both front passengers). Other innovative safety features include adaptive cruise control, Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats, antilock brakes, traction control, brake assist and stability control.
New 2011 Lexus CT 200h Pricing
While official pricing for the new 2011 Lexus CT 200h has yet to be released, drivers can expect base models to start somewhere around $27,000. This figure will make it one of the most affordable Lexus models ever offered. The vehicle will hit dealerships sometime in early 2011.