► Lexus CT hybrid hatch updated
► On show at Frankfurt 2017
► On sale by the end of the year
Lexus says the CT hatchback is a luxury hatchback for young people who enjoy spirited driving, but also care about the environment.
That seems like a bit of a niche, but it’s one that works for Lexus – the manufacturer says it’s one of their best sellers, with Europe hoovering up plenty of sales.
It’s been around a while though, and is still being left behind by rivals like the Audi A3 and BMW 1-series. Time for an update.
Tell me more about what’s new with the Japanese A-Class…
Let’s get a massive caveat out of the way first – UK-specific information hasn’t surfaced yet, so what follows is a breakdown of what could make its way to our shores.
It looks like the tried-and-tested facelift formula though - a redesigned front end, new alloy wheels, upgraded infotainment and the addition of Lexus’s Safety System Plus.
The front daytime running lights now merge into the lines of the bodywork, while the grille gets a different mesh pattern, and the foglights gain new surrounds.
Around the back there are L-shaped tail-lights with LED technology for a wider look, while the lower part of the bumper is a new shape with a metallic silver and black finish.
Is it still moderately lovely inside?
While not as plush as more expensive Lexus cabins, the CT is still ahead of its rivals with plenty of high-quality, squashable surfaces.
Changes in the new car include a larger screen for the Premium Navigation System (7.0 to 10.3 inches) plus more colours and materials for the seats.
There should also be an updated F Sport model with specific changes inside and out; a different grille and headlights, plus Naguri-pattern (a kind of diamond motif based on traditional Japanese wood-shaving techniques) interior trim details.
What about that new safety system?
Again, it’s not clear what’s coming to the UK but the Lexus Safety System Plus is highly likely to be on the spec list, offering pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert, automatic high beam headlights, and road sign assist.
Lexus says the updated car will go on-sale in 2017 - expect more information later in the year.
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