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Toyota planning on a 2.0 litre turbo engine and more CVT usage

By FaezClutchless on 08 Oct 2012

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Many of Toyota’s current vehicles are known to feature outdated technologies. For example, take the 2.0-litre Toyota Camry, it is still using a four speed automatic transmission and many felt that the engine feels underpowered.

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Many other cars in the same mid-sized sedan segment have moved on to more advanced technologies such as gasoline direct injection, turbocharged engines, dual clutch transmissions and also CVTs. These changes are made to ensure that their cars are balanced in terms of performance and fuel economy.

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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Written by FaezClutchless
Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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Heartbreakid Oct 09 2012 10:41 AM
The Japanese are still day dreaming... Others have gone from smaller engine capacity turbo charging to DSG, they are now stuck with big CC turbo-charging. Hopeless
Racing Oct 09 2012 11:47 AM
dsg no readability. look @ vw. lol
2L tc, change turbo, 300hp easily. small cc waste time only....
Watwheels Oct 10 2012 11:38 AM
Not with the Atkinson cycle engines again. Though they are seem as efficient but they have no power in actual fact. Pls use engines with the Otto cycle.
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