The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) initiative fortifies and entire new array of Lexus and Toyota cars, from Camry, to Prius, and the Lexus LC. The company will also soon be launching some vehicles with powertrain goods.
CNET reported that the company recently stated there is a new array of engines, transmissions, and drivetrain parts under this TNGA program. While there will be those that improve packaging, others will zero-in on efficiency. In fact, the company has stated that one specific engine is the most-thermally efficient for its class, which is being dubbed the 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine.
The engine will feature direct injection and a viable port, an enhanced angle within valves, and an increased rapid combustion process – a very efficient engine indeed. It doesn’t stop there. Toyota has stated that it will provide 40% efficiency when it comes to a standard gas vehicle and 41% for a hybrid powertrain.
Then there is the 2.0-liter Toyota Hybrid System II, a new option for its gas-electric hybrid model, which is based on some technology within the latest Prius. The motors, power control unit, and generators are more efficient and smaller; in fact, the battery is lighter and smaller too. The end result of this a more efficient system, that is made for lighter hybrids. Still, efficiency isn’t the only thing on Toyota’s mind. This change to the hybrid will also offer additional torque, making a little more fun for owners when that gas pedal is stepped on.
The company has two debuts in the works as well, new all-wheel-drives: one for hybrids (E-Four) and one for gas vehicles (The Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD)
And, that’s not all. Responding to ‘global needs’, Toyota has developed a smaller, rev-matchier 6MT, with a new six-speed (manual) transmission. North American drivers should note, it’ll show up in European models for the most part. Toyota has touted it is the world’s smallest transmission, approximately 15 lbs lighter than Toyota’s past six-speed.
Direct Shift-CVT is also new on this TNGA platform and offers a set of gears when it comes to launching, then followed by traditional operations. The belt has been shrinking so that swapping gears becomes 20% quicker. The company has also stated that this new CVT will be better on fuel, 6% to be exact, than before.
Toyota will start placing these new goodies within their car by this spring; however, they have not yet released which models will receive them. They did list the United States, China, Japan, and Europe as countries who will benefit from this new technology, so that’s important to note. The also stated that they are hoping all these parts will be placed in about 80% of all new Lexus and Toyota models by year-end 2023.
These new powertrain parts are said to decrease global carbon dioxide emissions that come from Toyota models by over 18 %.