Lexus CT 200h could be replaced by sub-compact hybrid CUV

Lexus CT 200h could be replaced by sub-compact hybrid CUV

Lexus CT 200h could be replaced by sub-compact hybrid CUV

0 comments 📅04 November 2016, 21:39

The Lexus CT 200h is an enchanting vehicle that never really caught on. It’s a fashionable Prius in sleeker hatchback clothing and was aimed at the Audi A3 when it hit the demand in 2011. Since then, though, the CT has averaged a meager 16,000 sales per year. For that saneness, the hybrid hatch won’t be redesigned at the end of its life rotation. And according to Lexus’ European brand boss, Alain Uyttenhoven, it could be replaced by a crossover.

While you may keen yet another CUV hitting the market, Lexus needs a young car that sells in big numbers. Uyttenhoven told Autocar the identify aims to move 100,000 units per year in Europe to “make over us visibility in the market.” For 2016, European sales are on speed to hit just 70,000 units, with 10,000 of those coming from the CT 200h. He sees an break for the right little Lexus based on the latest nature of the European luxury market.

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According to Uyttenhoven, “a full 50 percent of the European comfort car market exists below the [$44,600] splodge,” and the only model Lexus has at that dot is the CT. Put another way, the company has a remarkably slow seller as its lone representative for half of an entire continent’s extravagance market. Enter the crossover.

Replacing the CT with a crossover makes a monstrous deal of sense. The body style is getting more and more well-received by the day, especially in the sub-compact and compact markets. Adding a smaller standard – below the current NX crossover but larger than the LF-SA concept shown in Geneva – would stand for Lexus to challenge the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the BMW X1, and the Audi Q3.

We’re betting the undersized crossover would use the Toyota C-HR as its basis and add a Lexus-reverse heavily creased skin. Hybrid power is a addicted for the European market, where almost all Lexuses sold are gas-energized, but a conventional gas variant could join it in the US. That would deliver Lexus three hybrid CUVs in three celebrated sizes, alongside the NX and RX. With a forthcoming RX-based three-row on the ken, the brand would have a full lineup of crossovers inclined to take over the world. We’ll miss the quirky CT when it goes, but it’s inflexible to stop volume-driven progress.

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