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New turbocharged engine for Lexus's Range Rover Evoque contender; latest concept shown at Tokyo motor show

A new turbocharged version of the Toyota LF-NX concept car has been shown at the Tokyo motor show. Lexus says the car points to the introduction of a turbocharged engines in future models.

A hybrid version of the concept was first seen at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this year. The original design was built to gauge reaction to an avant-garde SUV from Lexus to take on the Range Rover Evoque. The concept was powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine producing 156bhp, plus a small-capacity electric motor.

This new latest version features a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the first turbocharged engine fitted in a Lexus. The four-cylinder unit features the exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head which allows Lexus to optimate exhaust gas temperature to deliver improved performance and emissions. 

An insider said that the production version of the car will be offered without the option of a hybrid engine. Globally, the booming segment demands a non-hybrid powertrain.

The styling of this turbocharged version of the LF-NX differs slightly from the original hybrid concept, and is less outlandish than our pictures suggest. It has a new front grille treatment, wheelarches finished in high-gloss black and a new lower bumper features a diffuser with a matt chrome finish.

The same cabin from the original also features, but with new red lighting.

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Christian Galea 4 November 2013

It's definitely not boring,

It's definitely not boring, but that isn't necessarily a good thing either...IMO a horrible design, created by someone who got up on the wrong side of the bed one morning and lavished out his anger and suffering by drawing this. And to ensure that other people would suffer with him, he made it into a life-size version. Even a Lexus fan I know thinks it's terrible :p
ordinary bloke 4 November 2013

Someone, please .....

..... do this poor suffering monster a kindness and put it out of it's misery with a bullet through the cylinder head ! Even its mother couldn't love something as ugly as this. I had always thought that concept cars built for motor shows were created to entice buyers not repulse them.
rxl 4 November 2013

New Lexus era

wow! looking great although still exaggerated for mass production design...but it is a good design study, it has bold and dynamic! And if it wasn't for that grill this will be another "boring Lexus" like everyone says... the grill is the identity of a car brand, i really think Toyota has done right. BMW has it, Audi since a few years too,although at the time many criticized Audi's big grill, but you known what? people who BUY this cars like it. they like personality and exclusiveness, that's why Lexus has done this, it makes their cars look unique, very distinguished from other brands. When the 1st Lexus came out (the LS) is was really a MB class S copy, it has as good or better quality, but with not really a design of their own... but now Lexus is looking AND going forward...