Lexus to introduce an exclusive drive mode selector on the new ct 200h
1/ 'We have developed the CT 200h as a true driver's car with appropriate steering feel, responsive acceleration and agile handling, but also as a full hybrid with class-leading emissions values and superb refinement.'
2/ 'Thanks to the Drive Mode Selector, the CT 200h instantly changes its personality to match the driver's mood.'
3/ 'With CT 200h, we have the first and only full hybrid premium compact hybrid with a chassis that drivers will truly enjoy.' Bruno Reike, General Manager, Vehicle Performance Management, Toyota Motor Europe
- Unique Drive Mode Selector adapts new Lexus CT 200h driving characteristics to driver's mood
- Choice of NORMAL, ECO and SPORT modes
- Simultaneous adaptation of driver's instruments and cabin illumination to reinforce driving mood change
Adapting the new CT 200h to either a Dynamic or Relaxing driving mood, a unique Drive Mode Selector switch offers a choice of NORMAL, ECO or SPORT driving modes,.
NORMAL and ECO drive modes place the emphasis on a Relaxing driving mood, with particular attention paid to ride comfort, smooth acceleration and the superb refinement which hallmarks every Lexus.
In ECO mode, throttle response to aggressive accelerator pedal inputs is reduced and air-conditioning control optimized for improved fuel economy. Drivers will enjoy a more relaxed, eco-conscious driving experience with the emphasis on maximum fuel efficiency and minimal emissions.
Specifically tuned to deliver greater electric motor power, SPORT mode focuses on a Dynamic driving mood, allowing drivers to take full advantage of the new CT 200h's sporting driving position, high body rigidity, unique chassis and suspension settings, direct steering response and engaging agility.
The hybrid system Power Control Unit (PCU) boosts supply voltage by 150v to a maximum 650v, increasing overall powertrain output. Engine revs are held higher, and throttle and Electric Power Steering (EPS) settings are modified to give a faster response to driver inputs.
2/2 In addition, SPORT mode provides less intrusive operation of the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC) systems, allowing drivers to fully exploit the new Lexus full hybrid's extended dynamic abilities.
The highly distinct character of both the CT 200h's Dynamic and Relaxing driving moods is further reinforced through changes to the driver's instruments and the cabin lighting, synchronised to driving mode selection.
Backlit in hybrid blue for the NORMAL and ECO drive modes, the instrument panel illumination, Drive Mode Selector switch and a spotlight in the centre cluster automatically alter to red when the SPORT mode is selected. Simultaneously, the hybrid power indicator function alters to that of tachometer.
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Launched in 1989, Lexus has become renowned throughout the world for its pursuit of perfection, the outstanding quality and sophisticated high-technology content of its products, and for its unique concept of complete customer service. Further reinforcing the traditional Lexus values of unparalleled build quality, interior luxury and state-of-the-art technology, the L-finesse design philosophy represents a highly significant factor in positioning Lexus as a uniquely desirable global brand. Today, Lexus remains the first - and only - premium automotive manufacturer to offer a comprehensive full-hybrid model range comprising the RX 450h, the GS 450h, and the LS 600h. In Europe, the mix of Lexus Hybrid Drive is approximately 50% for the GS and the LS range, and around 80% for the RX.