Lexus Developing A Successor To The CT 200h, Could Be A Crossover

Lexus has confirmed that it is working on an all-new entry-level model that will replace the aging CT 200h.

Autocar reports that Lexus Europe boss Pascal Ruch confirmed a model smaller in size than the UX crossover is in the works during the recent Geneva Motor Show. However, such a model is still some time away from hitting the assembly line.

Reports indicate that the current CT 200h will remain on the market for a further two years, meaning that when it is discontinued, it will have been on the market for a decade.

It remains to be seen what form the Japanese automaker’s new entry-level model will adopt, but in all likelihood, it will be based on Toyota’s new TNGA platform. The market’s shift away from sedans and hatchbacks to SUVs and crossovers could mean the new baby Lexus could take the shape of a crossover.

By using the TNGA architecture, Lexus will be able to offer its entry-level model with some kind of electrification, too. Beyond being offered as a plug-in hybrid, there’s a good chance that it could also be sold with an all-electric powertrain.

While the automaker is eager to remain at the forefront of the push to electrification, current sales across the brand could prompt the car manufacturer to also sell its entry-level model with conventional, ICE powertrains. In fact, Ruch stated that just 182,000 of the 698,000 vehicles Lexus delivered worldwide last year were petrol-electric, so such a move makes perfect sense.

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  • NeoShark

    oh God smaller than UX? … R.I.P ct200h – the forgotten by the Lexus

  • Bash

    I echo @NeoShark here, I found the UX is awfully small, and now they could make an even smaller one?! The CT was/is amazing the way it is/was!!! I never got why people hated it… oh, the price tag, right.

    • erly5

      …and the way it looked, presumably! Love the styling of the UX, but the CT has always looked awkward to me.

      • Bash

        Well on the contrary I this the UX or the awkward here. And the CT is the nice balance between being conventional and modern. But that would be me only.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Another small crossover from Toyota? Ya don’t say? Sounds interesting. Oh, no, I meant, it sounds mind numbing.

  • erly5

    Why can’t Lexus just replace the CT with a similar small hatchback, not everything has to be an SUV. And not everyone wants an Audi, BMW or Mercedes. Would be nice to have a distinctive alternative.

  • klowik

    UX ground clearance is low enough to be the replacement of UX, In fact people buying an SUV expect a bit more clearance off the ground and to have a bit more space.. so anything smaller than UX does not make sense … unless it’s something like Audi A1…that’s the smallest model I can think of.

  • Miknik

    Makes very little sense, as the UX is already hardly larger (or taller) and not effectively more spacious than the ct – which itself is a rather tight car, wouldn’t want anything smaller – but more expensive; And no Yaris related car should ever be a Lexus.

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