When somebody asks you about trucks and turbodiesels, the first thing that comes to mind is GM, or maybe Dodge, RAM, and such. But Toyota? Not really. Come on, Toyota’s only good for making those affordable middle-class environment-friendly family hybrids! Well, not so much now. The Japanese manufacturer is set to changes the course of things a bit, and get into the “Big Boys’ Stuff”, at least on the overseas markets.
The company is already promoting its newest line-up of turbodiesel engines that are incorporated into the latest Hilux trucks. 2-3 months ago they were available on the markets of Australia and Thailand (Toyota is hugely popular in those two countries – Australia especially), as well as the fresh-out-of-the-oven Land Cruiser Prado, that made its debut in hometown – Japan – around that same time.
Toyota’s Brand-New Turbodiesel Engines: New Horizons
The company is using fancy terms like TSWIN (which stands for Thermo Swing Wall Insulation Technology) and SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) when describing the new engines. The bottom line is, they are capable of boosting fuel-efficiency by 15%, and the torque by as much as 25%. Furthermore, due to the unique specifications of the engines, up to 99% of the nitrogen oxide (also known as NOx) emissions will be cut. Impressive, no doubt.
The new edition of the Hilux brand in Asia comes with a choice between two engines: a 2.4-lit with 164HP and a 2.8-lit that’s good for 174 horsepower. Toyota claims that by the end of 2016 they’ll start creating 700K turbodiesel engines a year and will make them available all over the world – in 90 countries. Pretty big plans so far, but, knowing the company, I say they’ll pull it off easily.
A Deadly Combo
If you’re looking for more info on the matter, check out the official press release from Toyota, but I don’t think you’ll find something of interest to you there. I mean, if you’re not a pro at this stuff, of course. So, besides that, this is all you need to know to get yourself hyped up for the next year.
Turbodiesels have been around for some time, here, in America, too, but, if you want a deadly combination of those mighty engines with Toyota’s trademark reliability, safety and affordability, then this is great news! Share your thoughts, write comments, and post links if you find something interesting – this is an open community, and we’re always happy to see new faces.
See oficial video from Toyota “New Diesel Engines: More Torque, Greater Efficiency, Lower Emissions”: