We haven’t heard much about the Lexus CT 200h lately but a new report is indicating the next-generation model will be launched in 2017.
Little is known about the car at this point but Autovisie is quoting an unnamed senior official who reportedly confirmed the model will ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) which debuted on the 2016 Toyota Prius.
It remains unclear if Lexus will stick with the hybrid-only strategy but the current model has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that is backed up a 650 volt motor/generator. This setup enables the car to produce a combined maximum output of 134 hp (100 kW). While it won’t be winning any races, the CT 200h is relatively fuel efficient as it returns 43 mpg city / 40 mpg highway / 42 mpg combined.
If Lexus continues with the hybrid-only philosophy, the next-generation CT 200h will likely be heavily influenced by the Prius. This means the model could have an upgraded 1.8-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine, a 71 hp (53 kW) electric motor, and a nickel-metal hydride or lithium-Ion battery. The powertrain enables the 2016 Prius to be ten percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor so the 2017 CT 200h could also be in for some significant fuel economy gains.