Lexus to introduce hopped-up CT 300h, three other new models

Although Lexus may not be able to keep up with production today, the automaker is hard to work developing four new models to boost sales once production returns.

Lexus is poised to lose its luxury sales crown in 2011 for the U.S. market, but the automaker has several tricks up its sleeve to help vault the automaker back into contention in just a few years, and they come in the form of four very different vehicles.

Of the four vehicles now known to be in development, the one that we know most about is a special hopped-up version of the CT 200h hybrid, and will likely be called the CT 300h, according to The Age. It is believed that this model will not be the same as the CT 200h F Sport that was introduced at the Australian International Auto Show in Sydney last October.

This new hybrid will be aimed more at those looking to carve the road than conserve their fuel, and it will be made possible by a combination of a more powerful gasoline engine as well as a larger electric motor, according to word from Tony Cramb, chief exec at Lexus.

In addition to the new hybrid, Lexus is also reportedly working on a new crossover, a new seven-passenger SUV and an affordable luxury sedan, although no details were given on any of those models.

In the meantime, Lexus says it will be adding new exterior paint colors and interior finishes to its list of options in hopes of better competing with the spec sheets found on its German rivals' cars.

No timeline was offered for introduction for any of the new models.

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