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Update: Toyota spokesperson Nancy Hubbell responded to with a statement about the CARB filing:

"BMW took steps to certify an engine for a variety of uses. At this point, Toyota’s plans for the Supra in the U.S. include only the 3.0-liter inline six that will be in the 2020 Supra when it goes on sale this summer."  

A recent filing with the California Air Resources Board suggests that Toyota is at least leaving the door partially open for offering the Supra with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the United States. The document shows the emissions figures for the powerplant and lists the applicable models that could use the powerplant, including a variety of BMW products and the Supra. Automobile first discovered the engine emissions application.

Gallery: 2020 Toyota Supra

The four-cylinder-powered Toyota Supra SZ and SZ-R are currently exclusive to the Japanese market. It's available in two tunes there. The standard version makes 194 horsepower (145 kilowatts) and 236 pound-feet (320 Newton-meters) of torque. The more potent variant offers 225 hp (190 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). For comparison, the existing Supra packs a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 335 hp (250 kW) and 365 lb-ft (495 Nm) of torque. Regardless of powerplant, the coupe uses an eight-speed automatic.

We shouldn't take this filing as confirmation that Toyota intends to offer the four-cylinder Supra in the United States. During the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota group vice president and general manager Jack Hollis told "I think it will be interesting to see, with the Z4 coming out with the 2.0-liter – and it's kind of interesting we have our inline six that's the same price as their two-liter – we'll see how that all works out. But no, we don't have a plan to bring the four-cylinder here."

The six-cylinder Supra starts at $49,990 in the United States. The Premium trim level for $53,990 adds features like an 8.8-inch infotainment screen with navigation, 12-speaker stereo, head-up display, and heated seats. If a four-cylinder model ever arrives, it would likely carry a lower price, which would give performance-minded Toyota customers a choice slotting between the 86 and the already confirmed versions of the new Supra.

Source: California Air Resources Board, Automobile

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