LEXUS TURBO ENGINE CONFIRMED
Toyota has at last confirmed it will soon offer a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, launching first with luxury offshoot Lexus. The news, announced today, follows reports published earlier this year.
A production schedule is still to be announced, although Lexus has revealed today that its LF-NX crossover concept will be the first to feature the turbo heart.
Revealed at September's Frankfurt Motor Show, the LF-NX featured the company's familiar 2.5 litre petrol V6 hybrid system.
Later this month however, the concept will bow again, debuting the new 2.0 litre turbo unit at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Lexus is also known to have trademarked the model names NX 200t and NX 300h, suggesting the small crossover will hang onto its NX badge when it takes the turbo and hybrid engines into showrooms.
Of course, news that Lexus will add a turbocharged engine to its range comes as little surprise, with prestige rivals BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz all embracing forced induction to comply with tightening emissions laws.
Beyond the coming NX crossover, where else will we see the new Toyota-developed turbo?
With power and torque outputs similar to Lexus' current 153kW/252Nm 2.5 litre atmo V6, the turbocharged 2.0 four could easily find its way into the IS small sedan (above), the RX SUV, the ES medium sedan and even the GS large sedan.
Lexus has also revealed its new RC coupe this week, and a turbocharged entry model in this range would seem like a sure thing.
It could eventually move sideways into Toyota products too, although it's too early to say whether we'll see turbocharged Camrys on Australian roads...
The projected debut date for the NX compact SUV is for late 2014 or early 2015. Watch this space.