Friday, 7 November 2008

Toyota offers 2.7 litre 4 cylinder engine in Highlander (U.S)

Toyota will expand its Highlander SUV line up with the introduction of a new 2.7 litre 4-cylinder engine that will be available in late January 2009. When the Japanese firm launched the latest generation Highlander in 2007, it was offered with a 270bhp, 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine and a 270bhp 3.3 litre V6 Hybrid powerplant. Toyota's new four cylinder generates an output of 187bhp at 5,800 rpm and 186lb ft of peak torque at 4,100 rpm and will be mated to an all new 6 speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive transmission.

The entry-level Highlander's internal preliminary 0-60 mph testing was timed at 9.7 seconds while according to Toyota, EPA fuel economy estimates are 27mpg motorway, 20mpg town and 22mpg combined.

When it arrives in 2009, the 2WD model will feature an array of standard features that include among other things, air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers, front seats with height-adjustable active headrests and 8 way adjustable driver's seat, power door locks and windows, cruise control, a multi-function keyless entry system and manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel and scheduled maintenance indicator light.

Optionally, the Highlander can also be equipped with a third-row seat package, manual rear air conditioning, and an AM/FM/six-disc CD changer with satellite radio capability, MP3/WMA capability and 6 speakers.

Press Release:

When it arrives at dealerships in mid-to-late January, Toyota's new 2.7 litre inline four-cylinder engine will help make the Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) one of the best in its segment in the areas of fuel economy, low emissions, performance, and value. It is expected to appeal to value-driven, mid-size SUV buyers seeking these characteristics without the price premium of a V6.

The four-cylinder Highlander will be among the leaders in fuel efficiency in the petrol mid-size SUV segment with EPA fuel economy estimates of 27 MPG highway, 20 MPG city and 22 MPG combined. In addition, it will be EPA-rated as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEVII). Highlander's new four-cylinder powertrain will produce impressive power, while greatly reducing noise and vibration to levels normally expected in a V6 or larger engine. It will generate 187bhp at 5,800 RPM and 186 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,100 RPM on regular 87 octane fuel.

The state-of-the-art powerplant is equipped with a variable intake manifold and dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i), which controls phasing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts to maximize fuel efficiency and torque. Both of these technologies help give the 2.7-litre engine a broad torque curve providing enhanced fuel efficiency, lower emissions and a strong response at all engine speeds. A dual exhaust manifold will also help achieve exceptional low-end torque and maximize power output.

The new engine will be mated to an all-new six-speed electronically-controlled automatic overdrive transmission with intelligence (ECT-i) that is one of the lightest and most compact in its class. The new transmission delivers a smooth shifting, remarkably quiet ride that is on par with a V6, and acceleration that is surprisingly quick for a four-cylinder. Internal preliminary 0-60 mph testing was timed at 9.7 seconds, nearly one second quicker than the average four-cylinder mid-size SUV. When equipped with a tow package, the new powerplant will achieve a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

The new engine will come standard on the well-equipped Highlander grade two-wheel-drive model with two rows of seats, contributing to its all-around excellent value. Adding to its appeal is an array of standard convenience features that include air conditioning; an AM/FM/CD audio system with six-speakers; front seats with height-adjustable active head rests and eight-way adjustable driver's seat; power door locks and windows with driver's window jam protection and auto-up/down feature; cruise control; a multi-function keyless entry system; UV-reduction windshield and rear privacy glass; a digital clock; dual sun visors with vanity mirrors and sliding extensions; a conversation mirror; an illuminated entry system; manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel; scheduled maintenance indicator light; full-size spare tire; and much more.
Along with its long list of standard features, a third-row seat package will also be available for families requiring additional seating capacity. Other key optional equipment will include an eight-way power driver's seat, manual rear air conditioning, and an AM/FM/six-disc CD changer with satellite radio capability, MP3/WMA capability and six speakers.

With the new four-cylinder engine, Highlander will be the only mid-size SUV in the current market to offer three powerplant choices. The 3.5 litre Highlander V6, available in two- and full-time four-wheel drive, is among the leaders in fuel efficiency among V6 petrol engines in its segment. The full-time 4WD-i Highlander Hybrid, equipped with a V6 powerplant with front and rear electric motors, stands above all others for fuel efficiency among all mid-size SUVs.

Since it first launched in 2001, Highlander continues to be one of Toyota's most popular vehicles, setting the standard for car-based SUVs in innovation, refinement and comfort. Driver and passenger comfort is accomplished with segment-leading seating flexibility for up to seven people. Comfort is complemented with one of the highest levels of standard safety features in the small- and mid-size SUV market including a segment-leading total of seven airbags.



2.7 litre, four-cylinder, double-overhead cam,
16-valve w/ Dual VVT-i


DOHC, four-valve/cylinder


187 @ 5,800 RPM


186 ft.-lbs. @ 4,100 RPM


20 mpg city/27 mpg highway/22 mpg combined




163.1 cubic inches


3.54 x 4.13 inches




87 or higher

0-60 TIME:

9.7 seconds




six-speed ECT automatic


1st 3.300
2nd 1.900

REVERSE: 4.148

5,500 pounds

Curb Weight:

4,050 pounds


Car Care said...

Isn't 2.7 liter a bit underpowered for the Toyota Highlander especially for the US market? I believe 3.0 is the way to go.

Laguna said...

186bhp does sound too bad especially for a power hungry nation like the U.S.

If a 3.0 litre was introduced, I beleive that would have to be a V6. Anywho, you've got a 3.3 and 3.5 litre V6's in your Highlander's

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