2011 Lexus CT 200h hybrid review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 , 12:03:56 byAngela

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Lexus CT 200h hybrid

Lexus developed the Lexus CT 200h hybrid, a model that will go on sale in the US at the beginning of 2011. The model will have its first official public display at the New York 2011 International Motor Show. The vehicle debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The carmaker is taking a new approach to marketing the CT 200h and will release a breakthrough interactive short film that offers a new take on the test drive by providing the viewer a fully immersive way to experience the new Lexus CT 200h. Under the hood it hides a 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder gas engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and Lexus Hybrid Drive technology. This last one performs specific functions and can operate as both a monitor and generator. The drive motor is driven by electrical power from the hybrid battery pack or generator and provides motive force for the front wheels. The hybrid battery pack is located under the rear cargo area within the wheelbase for optimized balance. The new CT 200h will also be equipped with four drive-modes: Normal, Eco, Sport and EV. The model will also feature an ECO driving indicator that illuminates when the vehicle is being operated in an environmentally sensitive manner. It will also be equipped with many standard active safety features including an anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution, TRAC, VSC and Brake Assist. The CT 200h will incorporate a standard eight airbag Supplemental Restraint System with dual-stage airbags and knee airbags for driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags to help protect passengers in certain types of severe frontal or side collision. To help minimize unnecessary engine movements and achieve a precise steering feel, the front engine mounts have unique lateral stabilizers. The CT 200h offers a comfortable ride and has a more direct steering feel with the help of a feature unique in the premium compact segment, a front and rear body-damping system.