Lexus is developing a new family of turbocharged engines that are set to spread to many of the brand’s models, including use in some of the company’s hybrids.
“Adding a turbo engine to the hybrid system does not make so much sense for a regular car,” lead Prius engineer Satoshi Ogiso told motoring.com.au. “But a premium brand or sportier car requires so much performance, so turbocharged hybrid is good for the top-end premium car or sportier car.”
The Lexus LF-NX Concept previews what we will see in a compact crossover from the brand, and it is the first vehicle in the Lexus lineup to receive a turbo motor. In this case, it is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
That won’t be the last Lexus with a turbo according to Lexus group manger of engine product design Teru Ogawa, who says that turbo engines both larger and smaller than the 2.0-liter four pot are in development.
Ogawa says that these engines will have virtually no turbo lag thanks to a new dual-port exhaust setup.
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