There’s an exciting new addition to the Lexus range – the new Lexus CT 200h Advance. This latest version of the world’s only full hybrid luxury hatchback delivers a wealth of extra equipment features, for only a modest price premium.
Available to order now, and expected to be arriving on our roads well in time for Christmas, the new CT 200h Advance takes the current SE model as its starting point. As its name suggests, it goes further with a raft of prestige and innovative features.
These include cruise control, reversing camera, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with an integrated parking monitor, rain-sensing wipers, electrically-adjustable folding door mirrors and metallic paint.
The Advance also introduces a new integrated MoveOn satellite navigation system, with a built-in control panel in the centre console, just below the gear selector.
The unit lets you link to Live information services without having to use your mobile phone, allowing you to access latest data on weather, traffic and speed cameras – and gain extra local knowledge using TomTom Live Search.
Another new Lexus feature is the Advance’s Tahara upholstery. It’s good looking, supple and hard-wearing like leather, but weighs significantly less and is less harmful to the environment to make, generating 65 per cent less CO2 and no potentially damaging volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It’s available in tan or black, according to which shade of exterior paint you choose.
The Advance’s on-the-road price of £24,495 is only £500 more than the CT 200h SE, in spite of the extra equipment and inclusive of a year’s subscription to the Live online services.
In other respects the Advance mirrors the CT 200h SE specification, with premium features such as dual-zone climate control, push button start, Bluetooth, fog lights, rear privacy glass, 17-inch alloy wheels and a six-speaker audio system with USB port.
Like its sister models, the Advance uses the ultra-refined and efficient Lexus Hybrid Drive system which returns a road tax-beating 94g/km CO2 emissions and official 68.9mpg combined cycle fuel economy, And being a full hybrid, it gives the added benefit of all-electric EV mode for zero emissions, zero petrol driving for up to 1.2 miles (battery charge permitting).