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Minor Updates for the 2016 Lexus CT 200h Revealed
The CT 200h certainly hasn’t been a hot seller for Lexus, as it’s only just barely crested 2,000 units sold in a month five times since debuting in 2011. However, Lexus just keeps on rolling it out year in and year out. Now, as we enter the 2016 model year, Lexus is primed to offer the hybrid hatchback once again with only limited updates.
The most obvious change to the 2016 CT 200h is to the spindle grille, as Lexus has added a new chrome surround. Oddly enough, Lexus didn’t release any images showing the new grille, so it is impossible to see how different it really is.
The 2016 model year also brings about the introduction of a new moonroof option, an available Lexus Enform Remote for models with Lexus Display Audio or navigation, and available Lexus Service Connect.
Unfortunately, none of these changes are Earth shattering, but they are just enough to keep the CT 200h alive until Lexus decides what it wants to do with this slow-selling hatchback.
Under the hood, things remain unchanged, as the CT 200h comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a 650-volt motor. The combined output rings in at a lackluster 138 horsepower, and the electronically controlled continuously variable transmission makes it even less of a joy to drive. Fortunately, this powertrain does one thing really well: sip gasoline. The 2016 CT 200h checks in at 43 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 42 mpg combined.
For buyers who need a little added sportiness, there is the optional F Sport package, but it doesn’t include any power upgrades.
There is no mention of the release date or pricing, but I would anticipate seeing this model in dealers by the fall of 2015 with a price only slightly higher than the 2015 CT 200h.
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