Tuesday, January 31, 2023
News The Lexus CT Could Return as a Small SUV

The Lexus CT Could Return as a Small SUV

Lexus is reportedly working on a second generation of its CT subcompact, which could be very different.

  • The hybrid sub-compact hatchback was sold in North America between 2011 and 2017.

  • The new CT could slot between the sub-compact UX and the compact NX.

  • Rumours call for gasoline, hybrid, and fully electric powertrain choices.

Sold in North America as a premium hatchback version of the Toyota Prius between 2011 and 2017, the Lexus CT could get a second chance on the market.

According to Best Car Web, the automaker is working on a second generation of the CT, which was still sold in Japan as of earlier this year.

Unsurprisingly, this next-generation model is expected to be a small SUV instead of a hatchback, which means that it could slot between the entry-level UX and the compact NX in the brand’s lineup.

Not a lot of information is known about the next CT as of now, but there are reports that indicate three powertrain choices could be offered.

Indeed, the new iteration of Lexus’ former entry-level model could be available with a 2.5L gasoline engine, a 2.0L hybrid unit, and a fully electric powertrain.

This is a major departure from the previous generation which shared its mechanicals with the third generation of the Toyota Prius, making it solely available as a hybrid model.

The addition of the traditional gasoline-powered version is surprising considering that most automakers are ditching them in favour of hybrids and plug-in hybrids.

Since Toyota unveiled a brand-new Prius for the 2024 model year, it is possible that the next CT will continue to be based on its platform.

Since very few details have been announced by Lexus about this model, we don’t know yet if the next CT will be sold in the United States and Canada, nor if all three powertrains will be available in all markets.

Source: Best Car Web

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