Lexus CT 200h To Use Prius Platform – Set For 2017 Debut: Report

The second generation of Lexus’ hybrid-only CT 200h could follow closely in the wheel tracks of another hybrid-only Toyota model, according to reports out of Europe.

Autovisie from The Netherlands quotes an unnamed senior Toyota source and claims the all-new Prius’ underpinnings – the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) – will form the basis of the next CT.

The fourth generation Toyota Prius made its official debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, with thermal efficiency gains being the headline improvement.

Power for the Prius still comes from a petrol-electric hybrid system matched with a CVT automatic, with petrol-power coming from a 1.8 litre four-cylinder engine.

2016 Toyota Prius

2016 Toyota Prius

While the Lexus version of the same hybrid powerplant may boast more power than the Prius, a further improvement to thermal efficiency and fuel usage seems unlikely.

Given the Prius’ uncompromising focus on aerodynamic efficiency, the CT’s ‘boxy’ styling may be quite different if it’s to use the Prius platform for the new model.

The new Lexus CT could emerge as soon as 2017, but Lexus is yet to make an official announcement.

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