Lexus NX Compact Crossover to Get 2.0L Turbo Four-Cylinder Engine

Lexus NX Compact Crossover

With the new Lexus IS starting to arrive at dealerships, the mainstream automotive press have shifted their focus to the upcoming Lexus compact crossover — from Automotive News:

Toyota Motor Corp. will offer its first turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine in Lexus vehicles beginning in late 2014 or early 2015.

Several other automakers already offer 2.0-liter turbos, but Toyota’s first will be available in a new compact crossover that will be named NX 200t, according to filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The source said the engine likely will be extended to other models in Toyota’s global lineup, possibly replacing the 2.5-liter V-6 as the entry-level engine in the Lexus IS sedan lineup, as well as being used in the Toyota RAV4.

This is old news to anyone that follows Lexus news regularly — the NX 200t & NX 300h trademarks were filed over six months ago, and the 2.0L turbo engine was announced by Toyota in October 2012 — still, this serves as a good summary of the current rumors.

(The image above is a rendering from CAR Magazine, and not the actual Lexus NX.)

[Source: Automotive News] (Thanks to everyone that sent this in!)


  • BlckDynamite

    In 2015, I would expect the Rav4 to share the two engines that will be in the NX.

    For Toyota service, I would probably expect a lower state of tune (HP)
    220HP vs 250HP in the Lexus. Something like that.

    Cars like the Scion FRS should also benefit…..

  • F1orce

    I guess the 2.5L V6 will serve as the base motor for the IS? 2.0 mid spec

    • BlckDynamite

      No, the 2.5 will end when the turbo is ready.

      Maybe the 2016 IS will be an early release (Spring 2015)?

      • F1orce

        Expect mid life engine updates in 2015.

        So It will be IS200t & IS350

        Would be nice if they bump the displacement of the 3.5 to 3.8 IS380

  • Lexus Cohen

    Very attractive rendering!

  • Thomas

    There will be no turbocharged engine in any Lexus. Not now, not in the future.

    • Dunraven77

      There is definitely a 200t coming to Lexus. It will appear in the upcoming NX at launch in approximately 12 months from now, before being rolled through other model lines replacing the 2.5 V6