It is no secret that Toyota is working on a new diesel hybrid powertrain for its bigger UVs. A new media report claims that the new powertrain will be a mild hybrid turbo diesel unit. The new Toyota Fortuner will be the first model to feature the new mild hybrid diesel engine.
The new Toyota Fortuner with diesel hybrid engine is reportedly to be launched in 2023. It will first go on sale in Thailand, followed by other markets. The new Fortuner hybrid version will receive the 1GD-FTV 2.8-litre diesel engine. Similar to the Suzuki’s mild-hybrid system, the new Fortuner mild hybrid dieesel version will come with an integrated starter generator (ISG).
The report also claims that the new mild-hybrid diesel engine could be called the GD Hybrid. The new Toyota Fortuner mild-hybrid version is likely to offer higher fuel efficiency and added torque on demand. The SUV will also come with engine start/stop system. With the mild-hybrid system, the new Fortuner can collect kinetic energy during braking or deceleration that can provide an additional torque under acceleration.
More details about the new Fortuner mild hybrid system are likely to be announced later this year or early next year. The new model is expected to offer improved power and torque along with higher fuel efficiency. The Thai-spec Fortuner Legender 4WD features the existing 1GD-FTV 2.8L engine that produces 204PS and 500Nm of torque. The engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox with sequential shift and paddle shift.
Upcoming Toyota Cars India
Japanese automaker is planning to launch a wide range of new models in the country in the next 1 year. The company will soon introduce the new Urban Cruiser, which will receive new design and all-new interior with several segment-leading features. It will also get the Suzuki’s new 1.5L K15C dual-jet petrol engine with manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Toyota will also launch a new mid-sized SUV, codenamed D22 before the end of this year. Rumoured to be called the Toyota Hyryder, the new SUV will come with two petrol engines – a mild-hybrid and a strong hybrid.
Toyota will also introduce the next-gen Innova MPV in the country this year. Likely to be called the Innova HyCross, the new model will be based on Toyota’s new monocoque platform and will have 100mm longer wheelbase than the current model. It will receive a new hybrid powertrain.