"All show, no go." That's how I described the 2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport that you see above, when I reviewed it back in November. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot to like about the new IS, but the 204-horsepower, 2.5-liter V6 in the IS 250 is not on that list. In my review, I suggested that Lexus ought to get on the bandwagon of offering a small-displacement, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine in its base IS (like its rivals), and now the folks at Motor Trend are furthering that discussion.

Lexus pulled the wraps off its new NX 200t crossover at the Beijing show recently, and it'll be the first vehicle in the company's lineup to use a brand-new – you guessed it – 2.0-liter turbo-four. With 238 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque on tap, that represents a healthy increase over the 204 hp and anemic 185 lb-ft currently being offered with the 2.5-liter V6, and we imagine the fuel economy gains will be rather significant, too. For comparison, the Lexus' four-pot power numbers are very close to the 240 hp and 255 lb-ft offered in the same-sized engine that BMW uses in the 328i.

Motor Trend also posits that Lexus may consider changing the base IS' name from 250 to 200, or perhaps 200t, to properly reflect the new engine's displacement. Of course, that's assuming Lexus doesn't pull a BMW or Mercedes-Benz, and no longer has its alphanumeric names properly reflect the size of the powerplant found underhood.

Assuming Lexus does throw the 2.0T into the IS – the company said it plans to use this engine in several of its other vehicles – Motor Trend says it should show up around 2016. All I know is, that day can't come soon enough.


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      devgchr
      • 8 Months Ago
      Throw it into the FR-S while you're at it.
        iCrashed
        • 8 Months Ago
        @devgchr
        Give it til the 1st refresher. The FRS will have a 2nd, better engine option.
        ForTehNguyen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @devgchr
        while the FRS does need a turbo, doubt it since the engine bay was designed for a low boxer engine, which the NX200t engine isnt
      MechE
      • 8 Months Ago
      They should get rid of the displacement to model name relationship. And to make things even more confusing make all models LS. Just kidding - stupid Infiniti! IS200t would be better than IS200. And a turbo four would be much better than that weak 2.5 6-cyl. Keep a manual option around for the lower model and for god sakes fix those dropping taillights.
      Rob
      • 8 Months Ago
      This car (like the Camry ES 350 and CT which is an Auris ) are for fools who want the L badge and are willing to overpay for it
        Oglesby Thomas
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Rob
        Lexus isn't General Motors and this isn't a Corolla. It's a great little car, it's just the 2.5, as reliable as it is, needs to go. The 3.5 and a turbo 4 would be a terrific one-two punch.
      Rochester
      • 8 Months Ago
      You could put a nuclear powered rocket in that Lexus, it would still look ridiculous.
      Lunch
      • 8 Months Ago
      What it needs is a new nose. That cleft lip look is awful.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 8 Months Ago
      The engines aren't the problem, it's the hideous gaping predator maw and ridiculous disconnected Nike swoosh check mark LED strips.
      jschaffer180
      • 8 Months Ago
      Not that it had one before, but I don't know what excuse Acura can now use for it's already-dated-yet-not-even-in-showrooms 4 cylinder Acura TLX.
      malgu
      • 8 Months Ago
      Not sure why it took Lexus so long to jump on the turbo bandwagon..
      TurbochargedChili
      • 8 Months Ago
      As if it really matters what engine is plastered between the doofus grille and attacked-by-chainsaw taillights. This is one car that I absolutely hate to see ride by. I think of the poor soul that just spent over $40K to own this in near bare bones trim. The lack of a manual is another killer to me.
      Koenigsegg
      • 8 Months Ago
      this car is a mess
      downwithlaser
      • 8 Months Ago
      I gotta say, I much prefer the standard issue grille/bumper to the F/sport one.
      EvilTollMan
      • 8 Months Ago
      How bout a new front end?
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