Facelifted Lexus CT 200h Priced the Same as Outgoing Model in the U.S.

Lexus has announced that the refreshed 2014 CT 200h compact luxury hybrid will carry the same base MSRP of $32,050 (€23,680) as the outgoing model in the U.S. The price doesn’t include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $910 (€672). Going on sale in late January/early February 2014, the updated CT 200h brings a revised exterior and updated features, as well as more standard kit. The 2014 CT 200h features a revised front fascia that includes the brand’s spindle grille, new front bumper, LED daytime running lights and updated fog lamp surrounds. Other updates include a new five-spoke 17-inch wheel design, new rear bumper, LED rear license plate lighting, larger rear spoiler, aero-stabilizing fins, shark fin antenna and scratch-resistant clear coat. On the inside, the CT 200h brings a redesigned leather shift knob and sliding sun visors as standard, as well as an updated steering wheel and the metallic interior ornamentation. Color and trim choices are refreshed as well with the addition of Parchment NuLuxe and perforated Flaxen leather. There’s also an available fixed and thinner Display Audio (DA)/Navigation screen, which adopts the next generation multimedia system featuring complimentary HD Radio real-time traffic and weather. Furthermore, Lexus offers an improved speaker design for both the standard six-speaker and premium 10-speaker audio systems. Lexus has also updated the F Sport package for the CT 200h, which now includes newly designed 17-inch 5-twin spoke alloy wheels with two-tone graphite and machine finish, a new front bumper with F Sport mesh grille, as well as new black contrast roof, new rear spoiler with two large air ducts, and mesh fog lamp inserts and black surround. The hybrid powertrain remains unchanged and consists of a 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor/generator producing a combined 134 horsepower. By Dan Mihalascu