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Drew Dowdell

Toyota model news

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1. Supra is teh shelved!!!@21!!!

2. FJ Cruiser is in it's final generation.

3. 4Runner gets refreshed for 2010.

4. NG Pruis to get 1.8 litre from Corolla, Liion battery issues delay plug in model.

5. Sienna and Venza will be equipped with hybrid drivetrains in 2012.

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A redesign of the Yaris, Camry, Avalon, RAV4 and a new rear-wheel-drive sports coupe will all arrive in 2012. In 2013, we’ll see a redesign of the Corolla and Matrix.
http://www.egmcartech.com/2008/08/15/toyot...a-in-the-works/

When the all-new Highlander launched last year, it came equipped with your choice of a 3.5L V6 or a 3.3L hybrid powerplant. Toyota is expanding the Highlander's powertrain lineup for 2009 by adding a more fuel efficient 2.7L four-cylinder engine. The new engine produces 187 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and 186 lb-ft at 4,100 RPM, making it the most powerful four cylinder engine in Toyota's lineup. Assisting the new 2.7L engine is a six-speed automatic transmission that Toyota says together will provide smooth acceleration and V6-like performance. EPA figures will be announced closer to the engine/transmission's January 2009 launch date, and they should be a few mpg better than the 3.5L engine's 18/24 figures.

The addition of a four-pot to the Highlander lineup will give customers a less expensive and more fuel efficient option in this model lineup, which should prove mighty popular. What remains to be seen is whether a 187-hp engine can properly motivate a 4,000-lb vehicle. We're guessing that since many Highlander buyers aren't likely all that interested in driving dynamics, the most important stat for Toyota's CUV will be its EPA number. Hit the jump to for Toyota's press release if you're looking for nitty gritty details.

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/08/15/toyota-...-for-highlander
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The 2.7 liter 4-cylinder in the Highlander is interesting. Sounds like an ok move right now, but I wonder how it will drive. A 2.7L 4-cylinder tied to the hybrid sounds like a better solution than the V6 hybrid they have right now though.

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