The Lexus CT200h has reached the end. Lexus stated the hybrid hatchback won’t return for the 2018 model, at least in the United States; it’ll carry on being sold somewhere else for the foreseeable future. The CT very first shown up in 2011 and has been Lexus’s smallest and least costly offering for numerous years now.
We’re not too shocked by this news, knowing the CT’s age and decreasing sales numbers. Lexus sold about 8903 units of the CT200h in last year, a portion of the sales numbers cherished by other entry-luxury designs such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA-class (25,792) and the Audi A3 (31,538) during the exact same timespan. The CT200h’s hybrid drivetrain, shared with the previous-generation Toyota Prius, had likewise started to look outdated, with its 42-mpg EPA integrated fuel economy far topped by the most newest Prius and its 52-mpg score.
So exactly what’s next for the low end of Lexus’s lineup? A new subcompact crossover called the UX is on its way, and it is probably going to have a hybrid variant that will serve as a sort of de facto replacement for the CT. Till then, the most affordable way to snag a brand-new L-badged automobile will be the $36,260 NX crossover– or possibly a discount rate on one of the remaining 2017 CT200h designs still find at Lexus dealers at this moment.