Lexus CT rumored to return as all-electric crossover SUV in 2024, with hybrid and gasoline options
Almost a year after Lexus was forced to pull the CT200h from the Australian market due to new safety rules, a successor appears to be afoot
Luxury carmaker Lexus is reportedly preparing to resurrect its CT nameplate as an all-electric crossover-style SUV in 2024.
Japanese release Best Car Web reported that a successor to the CT hatch is being developed by Lexus with a variety of drivetrains, including electric, hybrid and gasoline options.
Little is known about the future of the CT’s successor, but the report claims it will be sold alongside Lexus’ small UX SUV, despite being transformed into a more rugged SUV.
The report goes on to say that the second generation CT arrive between December 2024 and May 2025so there is still some time before he makes his appearance.
The first generation CT hatch was based on the underpinnings of the previous generation Toyota Corolla and debuted in 2011.
Lexus sold the CT exclusively as a hybrid vehicle, known as the CT200h, but was forced to withdraw the hatchback from sale in November 2021 in Australia due to the introduction of a new known Australian design rule under the name ADR 85/00 – for the impact protection side.
The IS sedan and the closely related RC coupe were also pulled from the market, as were other vehicles such as the Nissan GT-R and Alpine A110 coupes.
It should be noted that the CT200h is still on sale in a few select markets, including Japan.
What powertrains will be sold in the 2024 CT?
With the announced introduction of the second-generation CT in three years, new powertrain options may emerge, but there are currently a number of good options available to Lexus.
The UX300e is Lexus’ first production all-electric vehicle and is driven by a single electric motor on the front axle producing 150kW of power and 300Nm of torque, although the 315km maximum range (WLTP) of this configuration may be limited for some. buyers,
Lexus also offers the UX with a hybrid system that pairs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor. Together, the powertrain produces 135 kW of power with undetermined torque.
A petrol-only option is also available which produces 126kW/205Nm and could find a place in the next generation CT range as a more affordable entry level option.