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Toyota developing a new turbocharged engine - report

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid - 23.8.2011
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid - 23.8.2011

Could debut in 2013

Toyota and Gazoo Racing are reportedly developing a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with direct injection.

According to the Detroit Bureau, the Japanese automaker is shifting focus from hybrid development to building smaller displacement engines. While they won't offer the same fuel efficiency as hybrids, turbocharging is cheaper and has more of a performance image.

The publication also says an "aggressive development program [is] underway" and a number of small and mid-sized models could adopt the new engine. Nothing is official, but speculation suggests it may debut on the JDM Crown as early as 2013. The engine could eventually be offered on the next-generation Corolla and the Camry.

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schizo schizo
So they are jumping in the bandwagon of dumping small displacement 6 cylinder engines for turbo charged inline 4's. Good choice....albeit a bit late since most of their competitors have gone this route. Mercedes did the samething and dumped the 2.5L V6 with the boosted 1.8L in-line 4...and no one misses the old V6. In countries where cars are taxed by displacement this route is even better.
Jan 24th, 2012 4:25pm
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lilsumo lilsumo
totally agree the best engines was 3sgte but it would be a smaller displacement engines not turbod performance engines but they should have supercharged hybrid engines
Jan 24th, 2012 8:32am
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Nornini Nornini
Why not a small common rail diesel engine, let's say 1.4-litre, combine with the hybrid system. Should be a good one?
Jan 24th, 2012 7:59am
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Douglas6250 Douglas6250
If I remember correctly I think the diesel-hybrid idea is a good one, but problems are firstly, mating a heavy electric drive system to an already heavy diesel engine (of comparable displacement to petrol engine) could make the car overweight, and, secondly, there are a bit of trouble to couple the relatively high motor revolutions to the relatively slow diesel engine revolutions. Do correct me if i remember incorrectly though !
Jan 24th, 2012 11:21am
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Dolomight 74-86 Dolomight 74-86
The last cool Toyota turbo 4 was the 3S-GTE Celica gt4. PLZ bring the GT4 back.
Jan 24th, 2012 4:17am
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techie69 techie69
The reason Toyota didn't jump the bandwagon and why F1 gave up on turbos is the short shelf life of the motors. Its not just placing composite sleeves in the engine block and other tech solve that problem. Of course Ford jumped in right away when one of its use to be subsidiaries, Mazda tried it out! It will depend on the suppliers, and whole lot of testing for the optimum set up(turbo/engine management/transmission)! I expect some of these manufacturers to fail(i.e. recalls) for trying to rush a product to market the eco-friendly engine producer image!
Jan 24th, 2012 2:45am
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Mr_You Mr_You
Seems this is the way the industry is going. I own a 99 A4 1.8T Quattro and prefer the latest "chipped" 4-cylinder turbos over most naturally aspirated V6s (not boxer I6s though :-). Besides great fuel economy, the turners will really provide a lot of power (boost via chip) for your buck by improving on the manfacturers "detuned" factory ECU programming. The latest direct-injection turbo engines, AWD, and double clutches (DSG) offer a bright future for fun to drive passenger cars.
Jan 24th, 2012 1:16am
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marshall-mills@sbcglobal.net marshall-mills@sbcglobal.net
I heard that!
Jan 24th, 2012 7:40pm
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mhectorgato mhectorgato
Why wouldn't they initially use this on the Hachiroku aka FT86 aka FRS?
Jan 23rd, 2012 7:53pm
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blaksabb blaksabb
Because that car was engineered by Subaru for their Flat-4. This report indicates an all new Toyota engineered Turbo for their mainstreem cars which would mean Inline-4.
Jan 23rd, 2012 9:46pm
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mhectorgato mhectorgato
Good point ... I saw 4 cylinder and direct injection, and went with that.
Jan 24th, 2012 2:05am
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Speedoholic Speedoholic
Toyota is definitely taking the right course but I don't think they should give up on their hybrid development program, they're ahead of everyone else in this field, why stop?
Jan 23rd, 2012 6:42pm
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alamak alamak
I don't think this is to replace their hybrid technology, like you said, why stop when your on top of your game on hybrid technology. I think this will eventually replace their v6 engine (like what hyundai is doing all across the entire lineup). The corolla would likely get a smaller displacement turbo engine.
Jan 23rd, 2012 6:53pm
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