When we first drove the Lexus CT200h back in 2010, we were in awe of the figures but bitterly disappointed by the way it drove.
But the good people at Lexus have finally listened to what we had to say and revealed a heavily revised version at the Chinese Guangzhou Motor Show today.
It will go on sale in the UK in March next year and sets to address our biggest issue: the appalling ride quality.
The suspension’s been tweaked: the springs have been fiddled with and engineers have adapted the shock absorbers. Refinement’s also been improved – Lexus says a full 94 measures have been taken to reduce noise and vibration within the cabin.
Impressively, emissions have also been lowered. The entry-level S grade model fitted with 15-inch wheels emits 82g/km of CO2 – a drop of 5g/km – and models fitted with 16-inch wheels emit 88g/km, a reduction of 6/gkm. Not bad at all for a premium compact hatch.
The outside has been revamped, addressing our issue that the original CT200h was so damn boring. It’s got the brand’s spindle grille, which divides opinion but is anything but boring. There’ll even be a spoiler on the back.
Inside there’s a 4.2-inch TFT screen, a rear view camera and – for those of us who prefer our hybrids with a little less traction – we’ll even get an off button for the traction control. Lucky us.
We’ll reserve our judgment until we’ve driven the facelifted Lexus CT200h but if you’re already sold, be sure to return to MR in January when we’ll provide UK specifications and prices.
Currently the range starts at £21,995 – expect it to cost a little more than that. Worth it, though? We shall see.