Lexus CT200h test drive experience

- Mar 17, 2019-

Lexus CT200h test drive experience

As the entry-level product of the Lexus brand CT200h, the length, width and height are 4320mm, 1765mm, 1440mm, and the wheelbase length is 2600mm. It is shorter than the same brand IS250 and smaller than the Toyota brand hybrid Prius.

The shape of the new CT200h clearly conforms to the aesthetic standards of the young market. The overall design is quite dynamic. The CT200h continues the Lexus “L-finesse” design concept and draws inspiration from the concept model LF-Ch. The front face adopts the new generation of Lexus. The family-style spindle-shaped front grille and the sharp headlights on both sides of the grille are deliberately compressed by the designer to become flatter and slender. The CT200h is equipped with an L-type daytime running light that is attached to the lower edge of the headlight so that even if the daylight is strong, it will not reduce its height recognition.

The huge Lexus logo inlaid on the grille has a blue color, which is the hybrid electric and electric logo of Lexus.

The front face of the CT200h is very rich in lines. The two fold lines pulled out on the cover of the transmitter are cut down on both sides of the water tank cover. The headlights are sharp lines, while the grille and air intakes are outlined by curved lines, so that the combination of tension makes the CT200h more lively and vivid.

Viewed from the side, the CT200h uses a five-door back-to-back tone that is long and short. The B-pillar is slightly slender forward, while the rear end uses a short shape to create a short, delicate feel. The frame lines of the front and rear windows are lifted up by the designer, which shortens the height of the window and sacrifices a certain field of view, so that the side of the whole car has a low-flat visual effect, but it is also the design that makes the appearance of the CT200h More dynamic.

The taillights of the CT200h are also flat and slender, and are placed on both sides of the rear of the car. The rear window is still slightly flat, slightly affecting the visual effect of the rearview mirror. The CT200h has a wide bumper and the exhaust pipe is not exposed.

CT200h adopts Yuke Haoma's tires, the size is 205/55 R16, and the wheel hub adopts the simple 10-spoke style. This configuration should be considered to save energy and environmental protection. Of course, if you can replace a larger size wheel or a low-flat running tire, it will bring more powerful performance to the CT200h. If there is such a demand, it can only be modified by the owner himself.

When entering the CT200h, the most eye-catching is the tilting center console. Such a center console and our common traditional car are difficult to draw the equal sign. You can't see the towering lever and the handbrake. Instead, it is Lexus new. The first generation of the operating interface Remote Touch control device, the most characteristic of this device is a mouse-like operating module, with this "mouse", you can easily operate the EMV multi-function information system.

The bright grip on the left is the CT200h's gearshift lever. If you have tried the Toyota Prius before, then this gear should be familiar. CT200h provides traditional gears such as P, N, and D, and B gear is used as a downhill gear. When shifting gears, you only need to make a light dial and automatically return to the position after dialing.

In the center of the center console is a set of metal circular knobs and EV Mode pure electric mode buttons. The metal round knob is a feature of the CT200h that is used to control multiple driving modes. There are three modes to choose from. The most commonly used is the NORMAL mode. The left rotation is the energy-saving ECO mode. The rotation to the right is the dynamic SPORT mode. The different modes CT200h have different performances. There is also a seat heating button on the right side of the knob, as well as an AUX interface, USB and 12V sockets.

The CT200h's steering wheel is made up of leather and metal plaques. It is similar to the super-running LFA. Although the texture and materials can't be compared with LFA's carbon fiber and metal materials, the feel is also good, and there are some dynamic effects in the visual.

At the top of the center console is a 7-inch LED screen. When not in use, it is hidden on the upper edge of the center console. When needed, press the TILT “OPEN” button next to the mouse module, and the screen will rise slowly. This LED screen is loaded with the EMV system. To operate this system, you can use the Remote Touch device to select satellite navigation, telephone communication, vehicle settings, air conditioning and audio system functions with mouse indicators, which is very simple and convenient. However, the shortcoming is that when you are driving a vehicle, using the mouse to accurately point to the function buttons requires some effort and also affects driving safety. Therefore, it is not recommended to drive while using a Remote Touch device.

The CT200h provides a “smart multi-driving mode” that differentiates on the dashboard. The intelligent multi-driving mode uses red and blue atmosphere lights and instrument backlight as the main difference. In Normal, EV and Eco modes, the instrument panel will show blue backlight, and the left instrument will also display the current power status. Indicates whether the current power output of the driver is within the energy saving range of Eco. When it is transferred to the Sport mode, the dashboard will show a red backlight, and the left meter will display a red speedometer, full of dynamic and passion.

The CT200h's two-row seat shape is quite satisfactory. The model of the test drive is made of leather seat material. The surface is perforated. The filling material in the seat cushion and the back is thick and comfortable. In terms of space, the front row space is more relaxed, and the space in the back row is inevitably somewhat cramped. The head space is also affected by the top line of the body pressing down, and there is oppression. However, due to the front wheel drive used in the CT200h, the center of the rear space is not affected by the drive pumping, and the space of the leg aisles is stretched.

Open the trunk of the CT200h, and the piece is flat. The CT200h has a basic luggage compartment volume of 375L, which is enough for ordinary households. If it is not enough, then you can open the bottom plate of the trunk, you will find that the CT200h's storage has been cleverly designed, and there is also a hidden sporadic space to provide more storage functions for the owner. If you don't think it's enough, or if you have a large load to load, you can use the 6/4 split design of the rear seat back to fully collapse, creating a maximum capacity of 985L.

The CT200h's biggest feature is the Lexus second-generation hybrid electric-powered system. The CT200h is equipped with an in-line 4-cylinder 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle engine with the smallest displacement in the Lexus family, supplemented by an intelligent timing variable valve control system. (VVT-i) and ETCS-i intelligent electronic throttle control system, the maximum power and peak torque are 73 kW (5,200 rev / min) and 142 Nm (4,000 rev / min). On the other hand, the high-performance motor is assisted by the side, with an additional 80 hp, which can achieve the maximum power of 100 kW, while the high-torque motor itself has a peak torque output of 207 Nm, which is the starting and low speed of the vehicle. Provides powerful traction. The abundant power provides an important guarantee for the driving pleasure of the whole vehicle.

As a complete hybrid electric vehicle, the CT 200h can work in either pure gasoline or pure electric mode, or in a combination of two power modes. The dual power brings a stronger driving experience. The CT200h controls the power output between the gasoline engine and the electric motor through the PCU Power Control Unit, depending on the road conditions and driving intentions, to optimize the power performance.

But you don't have to worry, these operations are not your own, the PCU will completely control the switching between the gasoline engine and the electric motor, and the driving can also be from the center console screen, real-time understanding of the gasoline engine, motor and Cooperative operation between the three battery modules.

Driving on urban roads, the CT200h was operated in electric mode at a speed of 40 km/h at the start. In this case, the silent performance of the CT200h was unparalleled. At speeds above 40 km/h, the CT200h will enter normal mode, which is the NORMAL mode. At this time, you can also use the “EV Mode” button on the center console to limit the unique experience of using only the electric motor as a power source to achieve low fuel consumption and zero emissions.

On the outer ring runway, after the CT200h is normally started, the throttle is lightly tapped. At this time, the electric drive is used. When the throttle is stepped on in a gentle manner, the power output is controlled within the Eco range. At this time, the increase of the speed will inevitably appear somewhat. slow. However, when you deepen the throttle again and the speed reaches 40 km/h, the engine starts to intervene. When working with the electric motor colleague, the speed of the vehicle is obviously increased, and the indicator of the instrument panel will gradually rise, and it is approaching the Power range. When you step on the throttle again, the speed increases more quickly. At this time, the pointer will jump into the Power range, reminding you that the current driving style will result in higher fuel consumption.

After running the outer ring, we entered the sports field and switched the driving mode to Sport. At this time, the backlight of the instrument panel turned red, and the fighting atmosphere of the cockpit was instantaneously in place. The Sport mode not only highlights the dynamics of the red atmosphere, but also the left-hand meter is changed from the original power output display to a gasoline engine locomotive speed meter, which makes the driver more aware of the current engine speed information.

In the Sport mode, the throttle and gearbox reacted more quickly. I can't help but boldly step on the throttle. The gasoline engine and the electric motor work synchronously. The speed of the body speed increases slightly faster than the normal mode, and the strength of the sprint increases rapidly. However, when the engine speed exceeds 4000 rpm, the stamina is not enough. At this time, the noise of the engine is significantly increased, and the original quietness is gradually broken.

From the perspective of not being a long driving experience, as a hybrid electric car, the Lexus hybrid system equipped with the CT200h has a power output that is not strong. Under personal driving, the power system should be enough, but If you carry more than one person, I think even if you use the Sport mode to drive, the performance of the power is still some distance. Of course, the CT200h is designed as a hybrid car, paying more attention to energy saving, and the requirements for power performance are not so high.

In the venue, Lexus also designed a number of road conditions to test the chassis performance of the CT200h. In the corners, the suspension system gives the car body support effect and is more tough. When I enter the corner at a faster speed, the center of gravity of the car body does not feel particularly large, and the loss of grip caused by the lateral force of the tire is acceptable. The steering system did not feel excessive understeer in the corners, and the body was still able to move as I intended.

Through the undulating road surface, I can feel the overall tonality of the CT200h biased towards the European taste, the suspension stroke is short, the response to the undulating road surface is quite clear, and it will not drag the water. Compared with the plane road, the bouncing of the body is slightly harder. The damping toughness will be improved, and the ride comfort will be improved.