Remaining largely unchanged since hitting the market in 2011, the Lexus CT 200h has had to rely on modest updates to stay fresh. Well, Lexus feels it’s time to tweak it again for 2018. This time the exterior and interior appearance have been updated to stay more in line with the rest of the modern Lexus lineup. Well, at least the company’s lineup everywhere but in the U.S.
Outside you’ll have to squint to notice the changes. The lamps at all four corners of the car have been swapped out with new units. Up front the new lamps bring Lexus’ high daytime running lamp LED’s to the CT, while more detailed bezels on both front and back look like other recent Lexus models.
Buyers opting for the F-Sport model gain a new, unique mesh grille design and darkened chrome trim. New 17-inch wheels and darker fascias round out the F-Sport changes.
Inside the CT 200h has finally ditched its 7-inch LCD screen that houses Lexus’ infotainment system in favor of a 10.3-inch unit. Every CT 200h now includes Lexus’ host of advanced safety features, which includes collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering control, and automatic high beams.
So far there’s no official word on the powertrain, but the car’s 1.8-liter inline-four will remain paired to Toyota’s hybrid powertrain. In the 2017 model this combination yields 134 horsepower to get your heart racing.
Lexus has also quietly dropped the CT 200h from the company’s U.S. lineup. This means the 2018 model will go on sale in China and Europe later this year, but not stateside.