Friday, April 8, 2011

First Drive in the Lexus CT 200h

Yesterday night, I had a chance to drive the new Lexus CT 200h which came on the European market in the past month or two (depending where you are in Europe). The Cerulean Blue 5-door hatchback CT came with a 1.8-litre engine powered by Lexus Hybrid Drive technology.

I've been waiting to give it a go for a while now since it was announced and when I saw a pre-production, black-taped up car at the office. Earlier this week, I had a chance to sit in a static display at the office to have a look at the interior, as well as a detailed look at the exterior.

But, just two days after that, a chance came that I couldn't resist! A test drive!

The car was extremely comfortable, and the ride really didn't disappoint - even with my heightened expectations. The knob in the centre console to switch from Eco Mode, Normal Mode and Sport Mode changes not just how it drives and handles, but it changes the interior atmosphere as well. At night, the LED centre light changes from blue to red when going from Eco/Normal to Sport.

That's not all... The dashboard changes from blue backlit to red backlit and the "Eco Metre" switches to a rev counter (also backlit in red).

Overall, another fantastic experience with a Lexus! They really don't disappoint.

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