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Out of Lexus’ lineup, the CT 200h is the only model yet to receive the automaker’s spindle grille treatment, with the entry-level hatch still wearing the same clothes it had on when it made its debut back in 2010. That won’t be the case for long, however, as the CT 200h is said to be receiving a facelift next year.
Faced with strong competition from the Audi A3, Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and soon a new BMW 2-Series, Lexus’ CT 200h is in need of a revamp. Speaking with GoAuto, the head of Lexus Australia, Sean Hanley, said that revamp will come as early as next year.
Hanley didn’t reveal any details on the facelifted CT 200h but he did hint at a broader spread of CT models for the car’s next generation.
“There's a big opportunity for us [with CT 200h] in the next cycle of the car,” he said.
GoAuto reports that the next-generation CT 200h is due around 2016 and that more variants are possible. One of the most likely is a compact sedan, which should help boost sales in the important U.S. and Chinese markets. Audi and Mercedes already have compact sedans and BMW is believed to be working on a 1-Series-badged compact sedan of its own.