Marcus De Guzman / Toyota | August 03, 2015 11:22
Mild hybrid tech will reportedly find its way in the new-generation Toyota 86
The next-gen Toyota 86 may apparently not only utilize a Mazda MX-5 architecture, but an energy recovery system and a 1.5-liter turbocharged powerplant as well.
According to Motoring AU, the Japanese company is hard at work in making the second-generation 86 produce more power while at the same time allow it to be a mild hybrid. There is no official word yet if Toyota is indeed working on a small turbocharged engine though it is rumored that it will be derived from Mazda's 1.5-liter SkyActiv engine.
Compared to the standard SkyActiv inline-four that only produces 130 PS, the turbocharged engine will reportedly put out 190 PS. Aside from the compact yet capable engine, Toyota will also install a F1-style Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that will enable the next-gen coupe to rack up better fuel economy.
A concept version of the supposed next-gen 86 will reportedly be released in 2017 while production models of the coupe will arrive in 2020.
Last May, Toyota and Mazda inked a long-term partnership that will enable the two brands to form a 'mutually beneficial long term partnership' that aims to broaden collaboration on their products and technologies. Mazda will receive fuel cell and plug-in hybrid technology from Toyota. In return, Toyota will be able get their hands on Mazda's SkyActiv engines.
Source: Motoring AU