Toy­ota un­veils new turbo-four en­gine

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - AUTOS - By Nick Tragianis

TOY­OTA is ex­pand­ing its pow­er­train lineup with a new tur­bocharged en­gine. Tech­ni­cally named 8NR-FTS, the new en­gine is a 1.2-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine and will be avail­able first on the Ja­panese-spec Toy­ota Auris hatch­back. It joins the 2.0-litre turbo-four from the Lexus NX cross­over as the sec­ond of­fer­ing in Toy­ota’s next-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily of new en­gines.

Rated at 114 horse­power at 5,200 r.p.m. and 136 pound­feet of torque at 1,500 rpm, the new en­gine is di­rect-in­jected and uses a wa­ter-cooled ex­haust man­i­fold to max­i­mize ef­fi­ciency. It’s also fit­ted with VVT-iW, Toy­ota’s own vari­able valve-tim­ing tech­nol­ogy, which lets the en­gine op­er­ate on the Atk­i­son cy­cle when pos­si­ble.

For now, the new 1.2-litre turbo-four is avail­able only in Ja­pan, but time will tell if Toy­ota chooses to ex­pand the new en­gine’s avail­abil­ity. It would cer­tainly make for a punchy op­tion un­der the hood of the new Yaris hatch­back.

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