Toyota Shakes up Lineup With New Engines, Transmissions, Hybrid Systems

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
toyota shakes up lineup with new engines transmissions hybrid systems

(Update: Specifications for the 2.5-liter engine have been added.)

Dynamic Force. It sounds like the name of a military offensive from the early 2000s, but it’s also the name of Toyota’s next-generation gasoline powerplants.

The automaker has revealed the first of a slew of new engines that should power 60 percent of its vehicles within five years. Oh, and there’s new transmissions and hybrid components to go with them.

The first Dynamic Force engine is the replacement for the company’s stalwart 2.5-liter inline-four.

While metric displacement hasn’t changed, the wholly new mill adopts direct injection and a host of friction-reducing measures to achieve a thermal efficiency rating of 40 percent (up from the current 35 percent). This, plus high-speed combustion technology and a variable control system, boosts maximum output to 202 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, up from the present 178 hp and 170 lb-ft. The 2.5’s compression rises to 13:1 from 10.4:1.

The 2.5-liter bound for hybrid models should make 174 hp and 162 lb-ft, and return a thermal efficiency of 41 percent. Compression tops that of the non-hybrid engine, at 14:1.

Toyota promises 17 variations of nine new engines between next year and 2021, with each mill finding a home in vehicles using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. The first is likely the

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  • Jimmyy Jimmyy on Dec 12, 2016

    I really like the current Toyota drive trains. They are bulletproof. I have a Camry Hybrid and I average north of 42 MPG. I drive normally, although in the slow lane. I will skip the new Toyota's for a while ... I do not want to have any problems with new power train designs. However, Detroit engineers will be freaking out. They are still trying to match the current Toyota drive train. What Detroit should do is cut engine and transmission engineering, then purchase drive trains from the Japanese. Imagine a Ford Fusion with a Camry Hybrid drive train. I would buy that one.

  • Stevo Stevo on Dec 12, 2016

    I greatly respect Toyota's focus on long term drivetrain durability but these are still complex engines with two types of fuel injection. I have hopes for the Freevalve technology mentioned here last week that seems to solve many challenges inherent in trying to squeeze efficiency and cut emissions out of engines. It will have to prove durable but it seems a pretty elegant solution.

  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that
  • John Williams Sounds like a Burnout Special you can put together on any 5.0 F150. Whoever said this was Cars and Coffee bait is right on the money.
  • ToolGuy Question: F-150 FP700 (  Bronze or  Black) supercharger kit is legal in 50 states, while the  Mustang supercharger kit is banned in California -- why??