Lexus CT200h has received a major makeover, just two years after it was first launched.
The facelift, unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show
today, intends to address the biggest complaint about the current car:
its unyielding ride. Lexus says that improvements have also been made to
the CT200h’s overall refinement.
Perhaps most impressively, Lexus
engineers have managed to further lower the CT200h's official CO2
rating. Models equipped with 16in wheels see CO2 output fall from 94g/km
to 88g/km. Models fitted with 15in wheels see the CO2 figures drop from
87g/km to just 82g/km.
The front bumper and grille and rear
bumper have also been redesigned to fit in with the new Lexus design
language, particularly the ‘spindle grille’
According to Chika
Kako, the chief engineer for the 2014 model CT200h, the balance between
wanting ‘direct handling’ and achieving a more absorbent ride has been
addressed by selective stiffening of the bodyshell.
To that end,
structural adhesive as well as spot welds are used join the panels
around the base of the A-pillars, around the rear wheel housings and
around the lower tailgate opening. The tailgate structure is now also
constructed using an increased number of spot welds.
that the ‘significantly enhanced’ body rigidity has allowed ‘direct’
handling to be retained even thought the springs and dampers have been
retuned for a more compliant ride and a new rear anti-roll bar fitted.
order to improve cabin refinement, revised sound proofing was fitted to
the bulkhead and as many as 94 individual changes – such as the
improved sealing of the holes in the bulkhead itself – were made to
reduce sound transmission into the cockpit. The car also gets a revised
and quieter intake system, as well as remapping of the way the engine
and CVT transmission work together.
Thanks to: Autocar