The new downsized engine replaces the 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated engine and with the help of turbocharging and direct injection, it puts out 116bhp and 185Nm of torque. While power is down by a few horses, torque is increased by a significant 30Nm and that pulling power is maintained from 1,500rpm to 4,000rpm.
This engine is also found in the new Auris in Europe and is paired to a CVT gearbox. In this configuration, fuel consumption is an impressive 18.4km/L, with some credit going to the new start stop system that is standard.
It is not known whether we will get the engine in time to come.