Toyota Rolls Out New Turbo Engine On Updated JDM Auris

by Heather Platt | Posted on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Toyota may be among the leaders in hybrid powertains, but the Japanese auto giant knows there’s more than one way to skin a proverbial cat – especially when it comes to green propulsion. To that end, it has announced a new series of downsized turbocharged engines.

Toyota rolls out new turbo engine

Leading the charge is 8NR-FTS, a new 1.2-liter turbocharged and direct-injected engine that uses a single-scroll turbocharger and a water-cooled exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head. The engine promises to deliver “responsive acceleration and maximum torque across a wide rpm range” combined with “drastically improved thermal and fuel efficiency.” It features what Toyota calls D-4T technology – combining direct-injection with a turbocharger in a four-stroke engine – as well as continuously variable intake valve timing. The result is an engine that produces 114 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque from just 1,196 cubic centimeters of displacement.

The engine is being rolled out initially on a redesigned version of the Auris hatchback (similar to the Scion iM we’ll be getting Stateside) that’s being introduced in Japan. In addition to the 1.2-liter turbo, the JDM Auris will also be available with a 1.5- and 1.8-liter engines. Buyers will also be able to choose between CVT and six-speed manual transmissions (the latter only available with the 1.8), in front- or all-wheel drive and in six trim levels – of which the 120T with the new 1.2 and CVT is the top. The refreshed Auris also benefits from revised sheetmetal, interior equipment and safety features.

We’re awaiting word back from Toyota on whether this new engine (or some derivative thereof) will be made available in North America, but in the meantime you can scope out all the details on both the engine and the new Auris in the press releases below and in the pair of high-resolution image galleries.

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