We’ll forgive you for forgetting the Lexus CT because it’s not very memorable, but the hybrid sedan finally goes into production in Japan in October 2022. To mark the retirement, Lexus is building a final special edition it calls the Touring Dear.
The Lexus CT200h Cherished Touring Edition is available in two exclusive color combinations. There is a Sonic Titanium roof and a Graphite Black body or a Sonic Titanium roof and a Sonic Quartz white body. Regardless of the hue, the tapered grille, fog lamp surrounds and rear bumper trim have a shiny silver finish.
Other additional equipment includes heated power-folding exterior mirrors and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Inside, the Cherished Touring Edition has two-tone upholstery that makes the lower part of the seats and door panels black and the upper parts dark red. There are matching red stitching on the door trim, dashboard, knee pads and steering wheel. The model is equipped as standard with heating for the steering wheel and seats.
Like all copies of the CT200h, power comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that alone develops 98 horsepower (73 kilowatts) and 105 lb-ft (142 Newton-meters). The electric motor delivers 80.5 hp (60 kW) and 153 lb-ft (207 Nm). Lexus’ Japanese site for the CT200h does not list total system power, but specs suggest it’s the same 134 hp (100 kW) as in other markets.
The CT200h Cherished Touring Edition sells for 4,223,000 yen after tax in Japan ($36,580 at the current exchange rate).
The Lexus CT200h debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The North American version arrived later that year at the New York Auto Show and went on sale there for the 2011 model year. Pricing started at $29,120 (plus $875 delivery charge) at launch.
For the 2014 model, Lexus refreshed the CT200h by adding its tapered grille to the front. The vehicle left the brand’s lineup in the United States for the 2017 model.
However, the CT200h remained available in Europe in Japan. There was even a subtle refresh for the 2018 model. However, Lexus dropped the vehicle from its European lineup in 2020.
Now it’s time for the CT200h to disappear completely. According to Lexus, it has sold around 380,000 worldwide since the launch of the hybrid sedan.