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Tim O'Brien | Feb, 05 2015 | 6 Comments

Lexus has ambitions beyond the NX200t for the cracking 2.0 litre turbo under the NX's bonnet.

Speaking to Australian media today at the launch of the turbo-driven variant of the mid-sized SUV (pricing and details), Australian Lexus boss Sean Hanley said the Lexus-developed engine was likely to find its way into other Lexus products.

"At the moment this engine is being assessed for its suitability (for) other Lexus models," Mr Hanley said.

"It's a logical enhancement for 2.5 litre V6 models."

For that, you can safely read, as we've reported before, that the underwhelming 2.5 litre V6 is headed out the door. And perhaps sooner, rather than later.

And why not: we can confidently report that the advanced 2.0 litre turbo under the bonnet of the NX200t is twice the engine of the 2.5 litre V6; both more powerful, and more efficient.

But will it find it's way into the much smaller CT hatch?

Mr Hanley would not be drawn, but his repetition of the statement that this engine "is being assessed for a number of models" would seem to indicate that consideration is underway.

Currently hybrid only, in '200h' form, the hatch is a monty for this new force-fed turbo.

It is also a monty that Lexus will want to plug the glaring, cavernous hole not having a performance hatch leaves in its model line-up if it really wants to take the game to its BMW/Audi/Benz competitors.

Nine years in development, producing 175kW and 350Nm, Lexus has a lot invested in the new engine.

And, from Mr Hanley's statements, it is clear that the Japanese Luxury brand sees an important role for turbo-development in its future model line-up.

"Our priority is on hybrid technology," he said. "The adoption of turbo charging is not a move away from hybrid technology, it’s about choice for consumers."

There is a lot in that word "choice". A CT 200t is looking like something of a certainty.

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