The entry-level Lexus CT might be getting new performance-oriented variants as the Japanese automaker wants to target performance enthusiasts.
Currently available strictly in hybrid form right now, Lexus believes that its CT model could not only attract a different demographic, but would be successful in becoming a luxury sports car. The second-generation CT is expected in 2016 and with it could be non-hybrid variants built to target the BMW 1 and 2 Series, and the Mercedes CLA.
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At the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus will be unveiling a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in the LF-NX concept, and that powerplant is a likely candidate to find its way under the hood of the CT. So could a CT200t become a reality? Well, it sure seems that way if you read between the lines of what Lexus exec Mark Templin has to say: “But we missed a segment of the market for people who want fast cars; because a lot of people liked the looks and liked the way it drove so they wanted something faster. So yeah sure in the future, I hope we can account for that.”
At the upcoming Guangzhou Motor Show in China Lexus will reveal its updated 2014 CT200h model with a new look and updates to be announced.
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