Refreshed hybrid hatch stars in new mall ‘gallery’
IT’S called the Lexus Gallery, and it sits inside a new shopping mall.
Lexus Manila last week opened its first display facility outside of its ritzy showroom and service center at Bonifacio Global City. Located at Robinsons Magnolia, the Lexus Gallery houses a one-car display space, a lounge and a coffee bar. It is built to have the same level of posh as the brand’s main facilities.
Lexus Manila explained that it will not sell cars at the Gallery. Rather, the place serves as an added venue in which customers can view a particular Lexus model, learn of the other Lexus vehicles sold in the country, and schedule a test-drive appointment or place a reservation. Actual sales transactions will be conducted at the Lexus Manila showroom.
Lexus Gallery was formally opened by Lexus Manila Chairman Alfred Ty, President Daniel Isla, Toyota Motor Phils. President Michinobu Sugata, Robinsons Land Corp. President Frederick Go, JG Summit Holdings President Lance Gokongwei and Summit Media President Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng.
Upgraded CT 200h
In opening its new display facility, Lexus Manila took the opportunity to introduce the 2014 Lexus CT 200h, which has refreshed styling and some new features.
A hybrid car—one of four models equipped with the same technology that’s sold by Lexus Manila— the CT 200h has a 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor. Combined, the power plants produce 124hp. A second motor in the hybrid system serves as an engine starter and as a generator that recharges the system’s battery pack. Under certain conditions, the CT 200h can be driven on electric power alone for short distances and at low speeds. In this mode, the car does not make any tailpipe emission.
Transferring the car’s power to the wheel is an electronic continuously variable transmission, which Lexus said would always find the optimal gear ratio, making the car responsive—ideal for a vehicle that’s used daily.
For 2014, the CT 200h received a bolder rendition of Lexus’s spindle grille, LED daytime running lights (LED headlamps and fog lamps are optional), new bumpers front and rear, a diffuser in the rear bumper, aero fins on the taillights and side mirrors, a larger spoiler in the back, LEDs for the rear license plate, and a shark-fin antenna.
In the cabin, the refreshed car has been fitted with a redesigned steering wheel and gearshift, sliding sun visors, metal scuff plates with the Lexus badge, and more metallic trim for the center console.
The CT 200h’s F Sport variant adds new 16-inch alloy wheels rendered in two-tone graphite machine finish, mesh grille accent for the fog lamps surround, its unique spoiler, and a gearshift wrapped in perforated leather. The car also gets a back sonar and its new, thinner multimedia screen panel includes a navigation system and a remote touch interface.
The CT 200h F Sport sells for P3.258 million while the basic CT 200h costs P2.438 million.