Wald Body Kit Gives the Lexus CT200h Mean to Match Its Green
If you’re in the market for a fuel-sipping urban runabout but want the premium features associated with a premium nameplate, you can’t do much better than the Lexus CT200h. This strikingly-styled five-door compact – which shares its hybrid drivetrain with the Toyota Prius – offers an enticing combination of remarkable efficiency, posh interior appointments and, perhaps most notably of all, not suggesting to the world that you’re a granola-huffing drum circle stalwart.
However, if you want to distance yourself further from the (stereo)typical hybrid buyer, there aren’t tons of options out there for personalizing your CT200h. Thankfully, that number of options has grown by one thanks to Japanese tuner Wald International. And it’s not just any option; it’s one honey of a body kit.
There’s a new front bumper featuring aggressive sculpting and LED fog lights, side skirts, and a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser and room for the pair of overlapping dual exhaust tips. The rear hatch is also fitted with not one but two spoilers: One above the back window, and one below it. Finally, a set of Wald’s own multispoke alloy wheels is bolted on to complete the visual transformation.
As is the case with most of Wald International’s other projects, the only upgrades to be found here are of the visual variety. The 1.8L Atkinson Cycle inline-four and electric motors still make a combined 134hp, which is still funneled to the front tires through a continuously-variable automatic transmission. A blazing performer it isn’t, but the combined EPA estimated 42 mpg does go a long way toward making up for it (No telling if this body kit will help or hurt real-world fuel economy.).
No word on pricing for these pieces, but we’d be shocked if Wald’s U.S. distributor, Jonari, doesn’t add them to its inventory at some point. However, don’t expect that to happen until after this kit for the littlest Lexus makes its in-the-metal, er, in-the-plastic debut at the China Auto Salon in Shanghai the first weekend of October.
Source: Wald International