If you were hoping for an updated Lexus CT 200h, you’ll be disappointed to hear that the hybrid hatchback won’t live past the 2017 model year in the U.S. According to a recent report, the CT 200h, which arrived in 2011 will be disappearing from Lexus’ US lineup, although it will continue to be sold in other markets.
The Lexus CT 200h will be replaced by the new UX crossover
Sales of the CT 200h have dropped off significantly since it was introduced, with only 8,903 units sold in 2016. Sales of the smallest Lexus model pale in comparison to the Mercedes-Benz CLA with 25,792 units sold in 2016 and the Audi A3 with 31,538 vehicles finding owners.
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The CT 200h shares its powertrain with the previous-generation Toyota Prius, but with only a 42 mpg combined EPA rating, the hybrid hatchback is showing its age. This marks the second time that a standalone Lexus hybrid hasn’t made it past the first generation – remember the Lexus HS 250h?
What’s next? Lexus is working on a smaller subcompact crossover that will be related to the Toyota CH-R and called the Lexus UX. The Lexus UX will be offered with a hybrid powertrain, in addition to a conventional gas powered model.
Source: Car and Driver