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The next CT will ride on the same platform as the fourth-gen Prius.

Lexus has started to develop the second-generation CT, and a new report gives us a better idea of what we can expect from it.The CT will be underpinned by the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform as the fourth-generation Prius that was introduced recently. The shift will make Lexus' entry-level model lighter than its predecessor, more efficient, and more enjoyable to drive. It will also help Lexus parent company Toyota leverage the benefits of economies of scale.

Lexus will again offer the CT with a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain built using Toyota components. Although technical details are still few and far between, the next CT is widely expected to benefit from a generous bump in power. The current model's Prius-derived hybrid drivetrain relies on a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor to generate an unremarkable 134 horsepower.

Visually, the CT will fall in line with Lexus' newest design language by adopting styling cues such as sharp headlights, boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights, and a large spindle grille. All told, it will look markedly more muscular than the CT that's currently sitting in showrooms.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports the second-generation Lexus CT will bow at a major auto show in early 2017. If that time frame is correct, the hatchback will land on our shores in time for the 2018 model year.