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May 12, 2022

Toyota Introduces Turbocharged Engine To Replace Its V6

Is Toyota ready to retire its V6 engine? While the writing’s been on the wall for quite some time, the most concrete evidence that the long-serving 3.5-liter unit is on death row is the availability of a new turbocharged 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine meant to replace it.

Part of the Highlander mid-sized SUV’s 2023 refresh, the new 2.4-liter unit makes 265 horsepower and 419 Nm of torque—a significant 17 percent increase over the normally-aspirated V6. Despite the added power and torque, it shows a 50 percent reduction in NOx and NMOG as well as an improvement in carbon dioxide emissions. And thanks to an idle start-stop system, it can deliver a combined city/high fuel economy figure of 10.2 km/L.

The engine, the T24A-FTS, was introduced first in the all-new Lexus NX. In the premium compact SUV, it makes slightly more power and torque: 275 horsepower and 430 Nm.

Aside from the new engine, the 2023 Highlander also benefits from a larger 12.3-inch center touchscreen along with a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster. Toyota also moved the wireless device charger to a more convenient location.

It’s been reported that the turbocharged 2.4-liter turbo will make its way to more Toyota and Lexus models such as the Harrier (North American Venza). It will also likely replace the 3.5-liter V6 currently found in Lexus models such as the upcoming all-new Lexus RX and rumored first-ever TX.

For the Philippine market, the remaining vehicle powered by the 3.5-liter V6 is the Alphard. And for that one, rumors are swirling around that Toyota Motor Philippines is also set to discontinue that engine in favor a 2.5-liter hybrid (2AR-FXE). That move may happen sometime in 2022, if the whispers are true.

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