Lexus, which recently premiered its new CT 200h luxury at the annual auto show in Geneva, is now showcasing this vehicle at its American debut in New York. The luxury brand of Toyota said the CT 200h will go on sale in the United States in early 2011 as “the first dedicated hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment.”
The CT 200h from Lexus, said the company, is powered by a 1.8L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder gas engine with “Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) and Lexus Hybrid Drive technology.” The hybrid technology is set to include two motor generators which each perform specific functions and can “operate as both a motor and generator.” The engine-driven generator will either charge the battery pack or provide additional power to the drive motor as needed while the drive motor itself is driven by electrical power from the hybrid battery pack or generator to move the front wheels.
Four drive modes will be featured in the CT 200h, including an eco mode that “adjusts air conditioning settings and the throttle for the best possible fuel economy” and an electric only mode that lets the vehicle be driven up to a mile on the electric motors only. As this is a Lexus, a huge focus will be put upon luxury as well, with the car sporting features like fold-flat rear seats, tilt and telescopic steering wheel column, steering wheel audio controls, front sport seats, an eight-way power and memory driver’s seat.
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