Next-gen Lexus CT 200h rendered with LF-FC cuesBlog Jan 8th, 2016
Said to arrive by 2017, the next-generation Lexus CT 200h has been imagined up by good ol’ Theophilus Chin. Here, the car image manipulator has thrown in hefty chunks of the LF-FC concept’s styling into the mix. Unsurprisingly, the final outcome looks pretty darn good.
In the front, that’s the face of the LF-FC, with the large mesh spindle grille and L-finesse design language. It has probably been adjusted to proportion to fit the four-door hatchback styling of the Lexus CT. Speaking of looks, that side profile is sleek, so sleek in fact, that there’s absolutely no complaints here. This is also thanks to those bulging wheel arches in the front and disconnected character lines.
Down the back, more of Lexus’ L-finesse design language is applied, quite excessively too. That pointy edge of the rear lamp leaves quite an impression, while the protruding diffuser-like part below fits in well too.
Like the fourth-gen Toyota Prius, the CT 200h will reportedly sit on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. In addition to that, the latest model will probably mirror the hybrid powertrain found in the new Prius as well.
This means a 98 hp/142 Nm 1.8 litre Atkinson-cycle VVT-i petrol four-pot, mated to twin 71 hp/163 Nm electric motors that are much lighter now. Currently, the CT 200h comes with a 98 hp/142 Nm 1.8 litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and a 80 hp/207 Nm electric motor. The existing setup allows for a total output of 134 hp.
The Lexus LF-FC premiered at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show earlier. The sedan is actually a preview of the fifth-generation Lexus LS. The futuristic sedan features an “advanced human interface” that supports hand gesture controls on the inside. It’s clean too, as the LF-FC is powered by a hydrogen fuel-cell system. So guys and gals, do you like what you’re seeing so far? Share with us your comments, below.