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The new CT Hybrid forges a closer tie with the chic cityscape with its luxurious underpinnings and earth-saving low emissions and fuel savings.

04 Jun 2014

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This year, Lexus celebrates a decade of hybrid motoring. It fitted its first petrol-electric drivetrain on the RX crossover back in 2004. Since then, the 'atas' division of Toyota has spawned a hybrid lineup consisting of no less than six models - the most comprehensive in the industry.

The 2014 model looks very much like its predecessor - but with real differences hidden underneath the sheet metal

Hence, it's safe to say that the Japanese marque has a soft spot for the earth-saving 'blue' technology (hybrid models are denoted by a bluish tinge on the badge). 

Just last week, these models embarked on a road trip to Kuala Lumpur, and we were part of it.

Among them was the CT, a hybrid-only model created four years ago. It is also the first and only compact luxury hybrid in the market. Despite its 'special calibre', the second gen CT is still the most affordable model in Lexus' stable. 



Exterior

As if it was drawn using the same stencil, the new CT heavily borrows its look from its forebearer. Only this time, the reworked front fascia looks more dynamic now, and sports Lexus' proprietary spindle grille. Thus, it will still take a second closer glance to notice that this is the 2014 model. 

Likewise, work to the rear is very limited. The ends of the rear bumper are now lowered by 20mm - although you wouldn't really be able to tell from the naked eye.

Now with the family's signature grille, the CT looks more 'Lexus-ish' than before
Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC VVT-i

Engine Cap

:

1798cc

Horsepower

:

100kW (134 bhp)

Torque

:

142 Nm

Transmission

:

CVT (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

96

Top Speed

:

180km/h

Fuel consumption

:

24.4km/L

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