Report: Toyota to jump on the turbo four-banger wagon by 2014 or 2015, to first see duty in several Lexus models
We believe it was only a matter of time before this happened, as AutomotiveNews reports that Toyota Motor Corp. will be phasing in a new line of turbocharged 2.0L four-bangers in Lexus vehicles beginning in the later end of 2014 or early 2015. While many other manufacturers have been reaping the benefits of small displacement, turbocharged motors to improve fuel economy without sacrificing power, Toyota has pretty much soldiered happily on, using efficient naturally aspirated motors.
The first model to receive the turbocharged four-banger is a new compact crossover that will be named the NX 200t, according to recent patent filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A hybrid model will also accompany the normal turbocharged model and is said to be called the NX 300h. Though we can supposedly expect the new model in 2015.
While not much other detail was provided, AN reports that there’s a high chance that the new 2.0L turbocharged four-pot will replace Toyota’s current 2.5L V6 used in the entry level Lexus IS with possible duty in the Toyota RAV4.
Though we know most of us will be chanting for Toyota to make similar factory modifications to the GT 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ’s naturally aspirated flat-four. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any indication that this will happen in this report.
– By: Chris Chin