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Lexus CT 200h 2018 facelift details revealed

New lights, bumpers, grille and revised trim levels for Lexus’ Audi A3-rivalling hybrid CT 200h

The Lexus CT 200h – a hybrid premium hatchback that rivals the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class – has been facelifted for the 2018 model year.

There’s no change to the CT 200h’s powertrain: it continues to be offered with the same 134bhp 1.8-litre petrol-electric setup as the Toyota Prius, but elsewhere the changes are reasonably comprehensive, if relatively subtle.

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Choose Premier or F-Sport spec and the daytime running lights move above the headlights, while these models also get you a larger 10.3-inch infotainment screen, up from seven inches. Regardless of model, there are reprofiled bumpers, new rear lights, an updated version of Lexus’ trademark ‘spindle’ grille and metallic grey bezels for the front foglights.

Lexus is also offering new paint and interior colour options for the 2018 CT 200h, while the trim levels and equipment list have been updated.

Entry-level SE cars come with 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera and a seven-inch infotainment system.

The new Luxury grade sees the wheels grow to 17 inches in diameter, the front seats become heated and the rear windows tinted, while all-round parking sensors are also added.

The F-Sport model gets sat nav and the larger infotainment system, ‘performance’ dampers for the suspension and jet-black edges around the spindle grille.

There’s also a Plus Pack for SE trim, which brings 17-inch alloys, sat nav, rear parking sensors and Lexus’ Safety System Plus. This last item is standard on trims above SE, and bundles lane-keeping assistance with adaptive cruise control, auto-dipping headlights and traffic-sign recognition.

On the F-Sport model, a Premier Pack becomes available, bringing with it leather seats, keyless entry and go, a 13-speaker Mark Levinson stereo and LED headlights. If you don’t like the more dynamic looks of the F-Sport, you can get most of its equipment with the more subtle Premier trim level.

The 2018 Lexus CT 200h is available to order now, priced from £23,495. The range tops out with the F-Sport model fitted with the Premier Pack, which comes in at £31,245.

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