New Compact Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Photos Leaked Ahead of Geneva Auto Show

In true modern internet style, pictures of Lexus’ brand-spanking-new compact hybrid 4-door hatchback appear to have leaked out ahead of its official debut in Geneva next week… there is no such thing as surprise car launches anymore.

Building on the LF-Ch concept shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show last year (and then dragged from auto show to auto show), the Lexus CT 200h, although moderately toned down, appears to have not strayed far from that car’s original styling cues.

Aside from the pictures, there are scant few details at this point. But what I can tell you is that it is slightly smaller than a Prius, it has a 1.8-liter four cylinder VVT-i gas engine, an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission, a NiMH battery pack mounted below the cargo area, and the choice of four driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport and all-electric… That’s right, it apparently has the ability to drive in all electric mode. Though, with the NiMH pack it surely won’t have much of a range. [Update 2/26/2010: Lexus has released more information and, indeed, the car can only go 1.2 miles at speeds under 28 mph when in EV mode]

We’ll make sure to dish all the details when they become official next week. Based on past comments from Lexus officials, it appears that there are no plans to bring the CT 200h to the U.S. yet, althought reasons have not been laid out. This may be another case of the U.S. getting shafted, we’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, enjoy the rather grainy leaked photos below.

Source: Autocar


Nick Chambers

Not your traditional car guy.