Lexus has unveiled the new 2018 CT 200h, which receives updates to the hybrid vehicle’s exterior and interior styling, along with the addition of the Lexus Safety System+ suite.

For the 2018 model, the CT 200h gets a more aggressive front fascia courtesy of a new mesh pattern for the brand’s trademark spindle grille. The headlights are new as well, where the L-shaped LED daytime running lights have been repositioned above the projector.

Elsewhere, the fog light bezels have been reshaped, and are now painted metallic grey. Look a little closer, and you’ll also notice the integrated bumper that previously ran behind the grille, just below the Lexus emblem, is gone, as are the horizontal bars within the grille.

As for the rear, the combination taillights have been made wider, and continue to retain their L-signature graphics. The bumper also gets a new design with metallic silver and black touches, while the reflector bezels have been painted metallic grey to match the front.

New wheel designs ranging from 15 to 17 inches are also part of the updates, including a new 16-inch ten-spoke set finished in dark metallic. The F-Sport variant (more on that below), will also get a two-tone exterior paint scheme, with two new primary colours – Lava Orange CS (Crystal Sunshine) and Heat Blue CL (Contrast Layering).

Inside, the CT 200h retains its familiar layout, albeit with an expanded interior colour palette and upholstery options. The most notable change is the larger 10.3-inch wide display screen on the dashboard, which is 3.3 inches larger than the one in the outgoing model.

As mentioned earlier, the CT 200h can be had in F Sport flavour if the new look still isn’t sporty enough for your liking. The F Sport gets its own mesh pattern for the spindle grille, new bumpers, black-painted roof, and an elegant Naguri ornamentation that showcases the high level of Takumi craftsmanship.

Safety wise, the newly-added Lexus Safety System+ introduces a Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with steering wheel control function, Road Sign Assist (RSA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlights.

The CT 200h continues to be powered by a 2ZR-FXE 1.8 litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine, which is assisted by an electric motor housed within the electronically-controlled CVT (eCVT). Lexus did not reveal if the total system output has changed from before.