Certainly one of the most interesting cars from the Lexus range, the recently facelifted CT 200h offers up a sporty hybrid powertrain with a bold and head-turning design. Now rumours have surfaced that the second-generation model would arrive as soon as 2017.
Dutch publication Autovisie reports that the new CT 200h will be underpinned by the same Toyota New Global Architecture as the 2016 Toyota Prius. Confirmation about the use of this platform is said to have come from a senior official within the Japanese automaker.
If the new CT 200h does indeed share its underpinnings with the latest Prius, then there’s a strong chance it will borrow other technologies from it, too. The current hybrid hatch utilizes a 1.8-liter four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 98 hp joined with an electric motor for a total of 134 hp.
By comparison, the latest Toyota Prius utilises a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor pumping out 71 hp and 120 lb-ft of torque. Lexus could borrow this powertrain and leave it unchanged for use in the second generation CT 200h or tweak it. Either way, it seems likely that it will be more powerful than the outgoing model.