What's this then?
The latest version of the CT 200h, Lexus's hybrid-only executive hatchback.
Yes and no. It's not an all-new car - as you'll note from the silhouette, it's still largely the same car. But it's been given the brand's signature "Spindle" grille design and there's a host of other tweaks to improve refinement, economy, driving characteristics - basically, everything a facelift usually improves.
What powers it?
Nothing too flash - the 1.8-litre, 134-horsepower four-cylinder and its associated hybrid gubbins are very similar to those you'd find in a Toyota Prius. The appeal here is that the car surrounding that engine looks nothing like Toyota's divisive hybrid.
Lexus has managed to bump up efficiency though. CO2 is down by 5 g/km for models with 15-inch wheels, now 82 g/km. Those with 16" wheels now manage 88 g/km. Lexus doesn't provide figures but we can give you them - CO2 output is directly proportional to fuel efficiency. Expect a combined 80 mpg or so from the former, 74 mpg from the latter.
As well as the new grille and other virtually unnoticeable exterior changes, Lexus says the new car has greater body rigidity, revised suspension settings, enhanced aerodynamics and better noise, vibration and harshness suppression.
The result should be a car that's quieter and more comfortable to drive than before - and may fix the ride quality complaints of the current car.
The F Sport also enjoys a few changes, with new 17" wheels, a mesh grille, a spoiler and an exclusive shade of white paint.
Hybrids are expensive, aren't they?
Some of them, though no more so than diesels these days. Unfortunately, we won't know full pricing for the new CT 200h until January. Expect it to be similar to the current car though, which starts at 21,995.
What else could I get?
If you want a small, luxurious, economical car, your attention will probably turn to diesel versions of the BMW 1-Series, Audi A3 Sportbackand Mercedes-Benz A-Class. CT 200h cash would get you into a 116d EfficientDynamics (74 mpg), an A31.6 TDI Sport (also 74 mpg) or the new A180 CDI ECO, at 78.5 mpg.
And again, we'll throw in Volvo's V40 D2, which is less expensive in base trim but does 83 mpg. For an even more unusual choice, you might consider the Alfa Romeo Giulietta - only 63 mpg in 2.0 JTDM-2 Lusso trim, but stylish and fun.
In a line:
Tweaks and grilles for the CT 200h's ills.