Toyota Announces New 2.0L Hybrid Powertrain, AWD System

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Toyota has detailed a new powertrain that it says will reduce C02 emissions in its vehicles by more than 18 percent.

The Japanese automaker says it’s developed a new CVT transmission, a new six-speed manual transmission, a 2.0-liter engine, a hybrid system that pairs with the 2.0-liter and a new four-wheel drive system, all of which are compatible with the Toyota New Global Architecture that underpins the CH-R and Corolla, among more.
The CVT, for starters, includes a ‘launch gear’ that improves efficiency at low speeds, and also offers a 15% larger spread between ratios. Shift speed also improves by 20% over Toyota’s outgoing CVT. The six-speed manual transmission, meanwhile, is described as lightweight, compact and features a dedicated synchronizer for the reverse gear.

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As for the new 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine, it will boast best-in-class fuel economy when paired with the new CVT, and in certain applications will be joined by a lighter, more energy efficient Toyota Hybrid System. The new CVT, 6-speed manual transmission, 2.0-liter engine, and 2.0-liter hybrid represent four of the myriad of powertrains Toyota will bring to market over the next few years. In total, the company plans to introduce 17 versions of nine engines, 10 versions of four transmissions, and 10 versions of six hybrid systems by the end of 2021.

Also part of the equation will be the Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD and E-Four 4WD systems, but Toyota has stayed light on the details in regards to these systems.

Toyota says its new powertrains “will not only contribute to improved environmental and driving performance of conventional gasoline engine vehicles, but the core technologies will be reflected in the performance improvement of electrified vehicles, including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).”

Over the next five years, 80% or more of Toyota vehicles sold will feature new powertrain components mentioned in this article, reducing its fleetwide corporate emissions by at least 18% in the United States, Europe, Japan and China.

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • DrJ DrJ on Mar 06, 2018

    I rent the various CVT driven vehicles and the tach soars under even moderate acceleration. This doesn't strike me as fuel efficient or reliable in the long run. The gear driven tranny in the prius is different however and works in a hybrid. Please, no rubber band tranny.

  • Fiifi R Fiifi R on Mar 06, 2018