And if Toyota were to continue with this, they will definitely be lagging behind the competition and will struggle with sales. This is most probably why the Japanese auto company has begun planning to work on the above mentioned technologies in the next two to three years.
Toyota is said to introduce two new gasoline direct injection engines within the next two years. The first one will be a 2.5-litre Atkinson Cycle engine for its hybrids and the other will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. Toyota is also working to convert the AR family engines to feature direct injection as early as next year and this engine could be featured on models such as the Toyota Venza and the Lexus RX.
The new 2.5-litre Atkinson Cycle engine will not be used on the Prius because the company has mentioned that it will incur a higher cost and will only return an incremental benefit. As for the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, it would be based on the 2.5-litre AR engine.
Toyota has not revealed on which models the turbocharged engine will feature. But judging from the recent success of similar engines (Ford’s EcoBoost engines); it is safe to say that the engine could be used on models such as the Camry and the RAV4.
The company’s transmission line-up would get a major upgrade as well. As many would know, Toyota still uses a four speed automatic transmission on most of its cars. Toyota will introduce more usage of continuously variable transmission (CVTs) and six speed and eight speed transmissions on their bigger sized cars.
One of Toyota’s upcoming cars that will feature a CVT unit is the new Toyota Corolla which will be available late next year as a 2014 model.
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