Lexus IS Next to Get Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
The IS sports sedan will be the next product in the Lexus lineup to gain a turbocharged engine.
Speaking to AutoGuide today at the New York Auto Show a company representative confirmed that the new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder announced for the NX crossover will soon be offered in the IS.
Currently the base IS250 model makes use of an antiquated 2.5-liter V6 engine. Rated at 204 hp it’s not only down on power compared to turbocharged 4-cylinder rivals but it also offers inferior fuel economy.
The company rep who wished to remain anonymous said that the upcoming NX200t model will make 237 hp in production trim, while that number could be increased to closer to 250 for the IS.
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The new NX will also debut with a hybrid engine similar to that offered in the ES300h, making roughly 200 hp and delivering approximately 40 MPG combined. While an IS300h model is available overseas, Lexus has not said if it will be offered in North America.
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