LOS ANGELES -- 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 NX 200t will be joined by a hybrid model, called NX 300h, according to trademark filings. Timing for the rollout of the two models may differ in various global markets. The United States may not see the turbo-four until 2015, a Toyota insider said.
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.
Audi, BMW and Cadillac already offer 2.0-liter turbos in their entry-luxury vehicles; Mercedes-Benz's version is 1.8 liters. Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai/Kia also offer the turbo-four setup.
A 2.0-liter turbo can offer levels of power and torque on a par with a small V-6, saving weight without sacrificing fuel economy. But a recent Consumer Reports study showed that turbo-fours can be thirstier than their standard four-cylinder brethren, especially among lead-footed drivers. c