2018 Lexus CT 200h on sale in Australia from $40,900

Australian specifications and prices for the 2018 Lexus CT 200h have been confirmed, with more technology and creature comfort added to the company’s hybrid-only model.

The Lexus CT 200h is not only the company’s smallest model, it’s also the only model in the showroom that comes solely with a hybrid powertrain. Needless to say, it is the best-selling Lexus hybrid globally, racking up over 300,000 sales since it first arrived in 2011.

For the 2018 update, three variants continue to be offered – Luxury, F Sport, and Sports Luxury – and all are now equipped with a 10.3-inch media interface. This jumps up from the outgoing 7.0-inch size, and includes sat-nav, Enform2, and a rear-view camera.

Newly available is the latest Lexus Safety System+, which is the company’s safety suite that packages in autonomous emergency braking now with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, and adaptive cruise control. It also includes auto high-beam functionality.

In other areas, there’s some new-look 16-inch alloy wheels for the entry model, a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, with an optional enhancement pack adding 17-inch wheels, LED fog lights, digital radio, and heated front seats.

All models showcase the latest design, which comprises of a revised front bumper bar and headlights, updated front grille with black highlights for the F Sport, a new tailgate garnish, new L-shaped LED taillights, and bi-LED headlights for the F Sport and Sports Luxury.

The stuff under the bonnet hasn’t changed. Instead it keeps the 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol that’s paired with an electric motor system to generate 100kW combined. Fuel consumption across the combined cycle test stands at just 4.1L/100km. Lexus chief executive Peter McGregor spoke about the new model in a statement, saying:

“The new designs are more emotional and sporty, achieving significantly greater impact with a stronger road presence and a more modern and athletic appearance. Together with the higher levels of standard equipment, the updates will enhance the reputation of the CT 200h as the ideal premium hybrid compact car for customers who enjoy spirited driving while caring about the environment.”

See below for the latest prices (excluding on-road costs):

2018 Lexus CT 200h Luxury – $40,900
Enhancement packs
1: $4500 (leather, 17-inch alloys, LED fog lamps, DAB+, heated front seats)
2: $7000 (adds moonroof to EP1)

2018 Lexus CT 200h F Sport – $50,400
Enhancement packs
1: $2500 (moonroof)
2: $4500 (moonroof, Mark Levinson sound, smart key card)

2018 Lexus CT 200h Sports Luxury – $56,900

Premium paint $1000 (all variants)