Within the next four years, Toyota plans to bring its latest drivetrains in about 60% of all its vehicles sold in China, Europe, US and of course in Japan. The new hybrid technology is said to boost the car’s acceleration that will help reduce fuel consumption.
From what was reported earlier, Toyota will be introducing its latest 10-speed gearbox along with the new engine that saves on fuel by at least 20%. Beginning next year, Toyota will be using its brand new engine technology, which will come with the latest hybrid system. Among its new innovations are 2 new transmissions and a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder engine.
Joining the new line of power plant (otherwise known as Toyota’s “Dynamic Force Engines”) is none other than its 2.5 litre four cylinder with direct injection. This by far is the most energy efficient of all engines bringing at least 41% energy efficiency for hybrids and about 40% for gasoline fueled models. In other words, when less energy is consumed due to internal friction, the engine is more capable of sending more HPs to the wheels.
In connection to this, Toyota is also set to launch its latest Multistage Hybrid System II. The new version is said to be more efficient, smaller and much lighter than what the company is offering at the moment. According to them, this new breakthrough is more responsive even from a standstill. The on-board generator on the other hand delivers additional boost for acceleration in hybrid setups.
Toyota’s new engines will be mated with the latest 10-speed and 8-speed automatic transmissions. They either call it Direct Shift-10AT or Direct Shift-8AT. The pair will employ the latest technology that provides lesser internal friction coming from the cogs.
Interestingly, Toyota is also hinting how the 10-speed would suit the rear-wheel drive perfectly. Most Lexus models as we know employ the current 8-speed transmission. If that’s the case, maybe then we can expect the upcoming Lexus LS to have the Direct Shift -10AT. What do you think?
All in all, the new transmission and engines are just among the brand’s latest take on the new drivetrains. Four years from now, we’ll be expecting Toyota to come up with more versions for its hybrid system, gearboxes and powertrain. That would be a total of nine new engines with 17 iterations as well as 10 versions each for its four transmissions and six hybrid systems. Besides, all of these are part of Toyota’s initiative to help reduce CO2 emissions by at least ninety percent by year 2050.