Toyota gets prepared to offer the company’s turbocharged motors in its compact models for the very first time. The Japanese car maker is about to venture into the turbocharged trend as the company is all geared up to offer the first turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder mill in its Lexus line up starting from the end of the year 2014 or the beginning of 2015.
Many other prominent car makers of the globe has already started offering the 2.0 liter turbocharged engines in their new cars but Toyota has not made such offerings as yet. The world’s auto leader is reportedly all set to offer its very first turbocharged mill that will be powering a new compact crossover model known as the NX 200t. The details about Toyota’s new turbocharged engine as well as the new crossover model were reportedly derived from the registration at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Also according to the same recorded official registration, the upcoming Toyota NX 200t will be accompanied by a hybrid model as well, and this car will be called the NX 300h. Both the new Toyota cars empowered by the turbocharged engines may arrive in the various car markets of the world at different points of time. According to a Toyota source, as far as the U.S car market is concerned, the turbocharged vehicles are not expected to arrive anytime before the year 2015.
The company source also revealed that the new turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine is also expected to be powering the other existing car models in the global product portfolio of Toyota. This engine may also dislodge the 2.5 liter V-6 engine and make its way powering the entry level Lexus IS sedan range. Apart from the Lexus IS, the more powerful turbocharged mill may be also used to power the Toyota RAV4.
As far as the popular trend of the turbocharged engines are concerned, several global auto giants such as BMW, Audi and Cadillac are offering the 2.0-liter turbocharged mills in their lineup for the entry-level luxury cars, while Mercedes Benz is offering a turbocharged 1.8 liter mill in its vehicles. Others such as Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen and Ford are also on the turbocharged four-cylinder bandwagon.
The reason behind the rush to switch to a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and why the auto makers are following this trend is that this motor is more efficient and powerful. This motor can churn up the same power and torque as a compact V-6 engine, but it is much lighter and hence save weight making the car more efficient. Also, the 2.0-liter turbo provides the same fuel efficiency as the V-6 engine.
However, according to the recent Consumer Reports the turbocharged four cylinder engines could consume more fuel than that of their standard four-cylinder counterparts, depending on the driver’s way of handling the car and especially for the speed lovers.
Nevertheless, the world’s most selling auto maker does not want to fall behind its rivals and is ready to introduce is new turbo powered cars.