Toyota to enter modern turbo four-cylinder era with Lexus crossover

Toyota to enter modern turbo four-cylinder era with Lexus crossover

June 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Technology , Crossover , Lexus , Toyota , Luxury Toyota has sat quietly on the sidelines as many of its competitors have armed themselves in recent years with lower-displacement turbocharged four-cylinder engines in an effort to gain better fuel efficiency numbers and flatter power curves. It’s a strategy largely shared by fellow countryman Honda , who turned away from offering forced-induction four-cylinder models in North America after its first-generation Acura RDX failed to find buyers. Toyota itself has no lack of experience with turbo fours, having built some humdingers for cars like the MR2 and Celica All-Trac back in the 80s and 90s. It’s also offered factory-warranted turbos through its TRD performance parts division more recently. Now, Automotive News is reporting that the world’s largest automaker is finally poised to rejoin the turbo-four production-car fray in North America, but it won’t be a sports car that delivers the first force-fed punch, it will be a new small crossover model for Lexus . We first showed you spy shots of the NX last week in mule form, and Automotive News says the small softroader will carry a 2.0-liter turbo four in its engine bay when it rolls on to world markets in 2014 or early 2015. That model, the NX 200t , will be joined by the NX 300h, a hybrid variant. It isn’t immediately clear when US buyers will see the turbo model, however, it’s possible that the hybrid could bow first – the story quotes an anonymous company source suggesting that Americans might not see the engine offering until sometime in 2015. AN further posits that the new 2.0-liter will likely supplant the company’s 2.5-liter V6 in the IS sedan and the same-displacement four-cylinder in the Toyota RAV4 , but does not indicate where the new engine will be built. Toyota to enter modern turbo four-cylinder era with Lexus crossover originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:14:00 EST.

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