Lexus trademarks ‘IS 200t’ nameplate – report

May 30, 2014

Lexus has reportedly filed a trademark application for an ‘IS 200t’ nameplate, seemingly confirming a turbocharged IS for the near future.

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According to a recent Motor Authority report in the US, Lexus has filed a trademark for the name at the US Patent and Trademark office. Although official confirmation hasn’t been made, it is a likely direction for the company.

Lexus recently announced the NX 200t small premium SUV, which features a company-first 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 175kW and 350Nm. This engine is set to be shared with the IS 200t.

The current entry-level IS 250 comes with a 153kW 2.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 that offers an average fuel economy of 9.2L/100km. The new engine is expected to bring down consumption rates considerably.

All of the IS’s rivals come with a frugal turbo engine. Lexus is a bit late to the game, however, the new setup could see the sharp sedan become a lot more popular.

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Lexus will probably replace the IS 250 with the IS 200t further down the track. We’ll keep you updated with any official word that we hear.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.