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Tony O'Kane | Dec, 08 2011 | 0 Comments

Toyota’s popular mid-sizer is unlikely to ever get a diesel powerplant, the 2012 Camry's development boss Keiichi Yoneda told The Motor Report this week.

The news follows speculation that Toyota's new technology alliance with BMW would see the Camry gain a 2.0 litre turbodiesel powerplant from the German carmaker.

However, Yoneda-san, Deputy Chief Engineer at Toyota’s Product Planning Division, told TMR at the Australian launch of the petrol-powered 2012 Camry range that this was unlikely to happen.

Instead, the Japanese automaker will continue with its focus on petrol-electric hybrid technology for the Camry's greenest variant, in the form of the Hybrid Camry.

Hybrid Camry

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Yoneda-san told TMR that the new Hybrid Camry, which is due to launch here in the first quarter of 2012, will continue to use a nickel-metal hydride battery pack (more cost-effective than lithium-ion systems).

The 2012 Hybrid Camry is powered by an Atkinson Cycle variant of the regular Camry’s 2.5 litre 2AR 2.5 litre inline four, however power and torque outputs are yet to be confirmed.

Fuel consumption will be better than the current Hybrid Camry’s 6.0 l/100km figure, but Toyota sources say it is unlikely to dip below the 5.0 l/100km barrier.

The car will feature a Prius-like EV mode to allow it to run exclusively on electric power. However, unlike the Prius, a plug-in hybrid variant of the Camry is not currently under development.

Pricing for the Hybrid Camry is expected to remain unchanged from the current model’s $36,990 entry price.

Diesel for Corolla, Australia on the cards

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Yoneda-san also confirmed that the next-generation Corolla will feature a diesel engine in its line-up, supplied by BMW.

The diesel-powered Corolla is locked in for Europe, while the rising popularity of diesel-powered small cars means Australia could also be a likely export destination.

Given the lack of diesel engine options in Toyota’s non-4WD passenger car line up, the most likely powertrain candidate for the diesel Corolla will be the 1.6 litre PSA turbodiesel used by the MINI Cooper D.

In the Cooper D, the 1.6 litre diesel engine features direct injection and turbocharging, producing 82kW and 270Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is listed at 3.8 l/100km - among the lowest figures of any car available in Australia.

- Tony O'Kane
TMR Review Editor

 
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