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Details on the Next-Gen Lexus CT Emerge

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Details on the Next-Gen Lexus CT Emerge

2014 Lexus CT 200h

2014 Lexus CT 200h (Credit: Lexus)

The Lexus CT has never been a hot-selling car, as it has always sort of hovered in that realm between average and a failure. Lexus is hoping to change its fortune with the next-generation CT, and make its entry-level rig more desirable. Today, a new report from De Telegraf shed some light on Lexus’ plans with the redesigned CT.

According to an announcement from a “senior Toyota official” De Telegraaf learned that the new CT will arrive in 2017. The official also announced that, despite Lexus supposedly working on its own platform, the CT will share its underpinnings with the recently redesigned Toyota Prius.

This move to the new Prius’ platform, which is known as the Toyota Global New Architecture, should make the CT more enjoyable to drive, as it will be lighter and more ridged, plus its retuned suspension will make it a little better in the twisties.

Enjoyability could also be up thanks to an engine that is more potent than its Toyota cousin. The last-generation CT used the same 134-horsepower hybrid drive system that made performance less than inspiring, so I would bet the new Lexus wouldn’t dare use the 121-horsepower powertrain of the new Prius. The executive did mention that the TGNA can fit up to three four-cylinder and V-6 engines, so maybe one of these engines is specifically for the CT.

In terms of appearance, look for the CT to inherit all of the recent styling cues of the Lexus lineup. These will include the aggressively redesigned spindle grille, hard body angles, and checkmark LED running lights.

Look for the new CT to debut at an auto show in 2017, then make it to Lexus lots for the 2018 model year. Until then, keep it locked here for all the latest info.

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