2014 Lexus CT 200h

Lexus has taken the wraps off a refreshed 2014 CT 200h at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China, updating the car for the first time since its debut as a 2011 car model. It will also be appearing at the LA Auto Show today.

2014 Lexus CT 200h front view

2014 Lexus CT 200h

Out of Lexus’ current lineup, the CT 200h is the final model to receive the automaker’s spindle grille treatment, with this being the first major update to the car since its launch in 2010. Other exterior changes include newly designed 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels and a revised rear appearance with a more horizontal structure.

2014 Lexus CT 200h

2014 Lexus CT 200h

The car also features increased body rigidity, suspension revisions and enhanced aerodynamics which all help to improve NVH levels. Body rigidity has been improved through additional spot welding and the extensive use of structural adhesive technology. Coil spring rates have also been optimized, a new shock absorber valve adopted, and the rear stabilizer bar diameter altered to enhance ride comfort.

2014 Lexus CT 200h rear view

2014 Lexus CT 200h

Unfortunately, there’s no additional power, so despite the sporty look the 2014 car model is delivering the same meager 134 horsepower as last year’s model. The drivetrain consists of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine which is mated to a CVT and Lexus Hybrid Drive system. At least fuel economy is impressive. Lexus estimates EPA gas mileage of 43/40 mpg city/highway and 42 mpg combined.

2014 Lexus CT 200h interior

2014 Lexus CT 200h interior

The interior of the 2014 Lexus CT 200h has been enhanced with premium materials and more standard equipment. The instrument panel is now available with a 4.2-inch TFT screen which can be linked to the multimedia system and controlled via steering wheel-mounted buttons. The available center screen is now fixed and thinner. Additional equipment upgrades include the availability of a backup camera, a parking assistant, a tire pressure monitor and a button to switch off the traction control.

Pricing has yet to be released for the 2014 model, but we don’t expect it to stray too far from the $32,945 starting price of the 2013 model…