Lexus CT 200h Gets Facelift Following U.S. Demise

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2018 Lexus CT 200h

Lexus hybrid hatch might be dead to us Americans, but it’s very much alive in the rest of the world.

The Lexus CT 200h is dead, long live the Lexus CT 200h! Fresh on the heels of the U.S. demise of Lexus’ hybrid hatch, we’ve now discovered that the car will not only live on in other parts of the world, but it will do so with a bit of a styling update for 2018. Sadly, only shoppers in Europe, Japan, China, and a few other select markets will have the option of purchasing it.

Lexus CT 200h

The changes, much like those implemented in 2016, are rather subtle. The most obvious is the introduction of the F-Sport style spindle grille, with a mesh pattern in lieu of horizontal bars. New headlights feature arrow-like daytime running lights. And out back, fresh taillights use a cleaner, “L” shaped design.

CT 200h

Additionally, the fog light bezels are painted metallic gray with a new outer frame. The rear center section is a bit sportier, with what almost looks to be a hint of a built-in spoiler lurking above a restyled bumper. Wrapping things up on the outside are new wheels and expanded color options.

ct 200h

On the inside, Lexus has added a larger, 10.3-inch touchscreen that replaces the outgoing 7-inch unit. There are also new, two-tone leather options. And wrapping up the changes is the addition of the Lexus Safety System + package. The suite of electronic driving aids includes Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering wheel control function, and Automatic High Beam headlights.

The updated CT goes on sale later this year for the “rest of the world.” Meanwhile, us Americans will just have to wait for the UX compact SUV as a potential replacement.

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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