Lexus will start selling the CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback in the United States in early 2011.
The sporty five-door debuted at the Geneva auto show this month and will be shown for the first time in North America at the New York auto show next week.
The CT 200h, which Lexus describes as a premium compact, will give Toyota Motor Corp.'s luxury brand a second dedicated hybrid design, joining the Lexus HS 250h.
The CT 200h will be powered by a 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine with variable-valve timing. It uses Lexus Hybrid Drive technology.
That technology combines two motor generators, both of which can act as motor or generator. The engine-driven generator can either charge the battery pack or provide additional power to assist the drive motor, depending on demand. The drive motor supplies power to the front wheels and can draw energy from the storage batteries or the engine-driven generator.
Both motors and a power-splitting device are housed in a single unit about the size of a conventional transmission. The storage batteries are under the rear storage unit but forward of the rear wheels for better vehicle balance.