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!)