Perhaps one of the most important introductions for Toyota this year will of course be the Toyota 86 – not so much from a sales perspective but a brand one. The 86 sports car aims to deliver on Toyota president Akio Toyoda’s promise to deliver more cars that are ‘fun to drive’.
Toyota will also introduce the new Aurion and the new hybrid variant of the recently launched 2012 Camry. Two Prius vehicles will also launch this year, the C and the V, both providing increased practicality and suitability over the otherwise single-variant Prius showcase.
Vehicle type: Sports coupe. Timing: mid 2012
The hugely anticipated Toyota 86 is a joint project developed with Subaru. It features a Subaru 2.0-litre boxer engine developing 147kW/205Nm. This could be a big game-changer for Toyota as it promises to rekindle the Toyota sports coupe spirit.
TOYOTA HYBRID CAMRY
Vehicle type: Large hybrid sedan. Timing: Q1
The Hybrid Camry will be based on the all-new Toyota Camry currently on sale. It will come with a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine – instead of the current 2.4 – matched to a hybrid electric drive system. Fuel consumption is expected to be around 3.8L/100km.
Vehicle type: Large sedan. Timing: Q2
The new Toyota Aurion (wearing a Camry badge from an overseas model above) will be Australian-built, featuring fresh looks, interior and a revised 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 204kW of power and 346Nm. Fuel consumption is expected to be reduced from the current 9.9L/100km to 9.3L/100km. This will be partly thanks to a weight reduction of 50kg (1540 from 1590kg) over the current model.
TOYOTA PRIUS C
Vehicle type: Medium hybrid hatch. Timing: Q1
The Prius C hatch will be a smaller, more fuel efficient, and slightly sportier version of the normal Prius. It will come with a 1.5-litre petrol engine matched to Toyota’s hybrid system. Official fuel consumption figures are yet to be announced, but it is expected to use less fuel than the normal Prius, which uses 3.9L/100km.
TOYOTA PRIUS V
Vehicle type: Medium hybrid wagon. Timing: Q2
The Prius V (for versatility) is larger than the normal Prius offering MPV accommodation. Measuring 4615mm in length, 1775mm in width and 1575mm in height, the Prius v is 155mm longer, 30mm wider and 85mm higher than the normal Prius. It’s powered by the same petrol (1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 76kW and 142Nm) and electric motor (60kW and 207Nm) combination as the Prius. In the back there’s an impressive 971 litres of cargo space.
Vehicle type: Small hatch. Timing: Q4
(current model shown)
Toyota’s most popular small car will be updated towards the end of this year. It’s set to showcase Toyota’s latest design language, featuring a sharper front end with slimmer headlights and a redesigned air dam at the bottom; all following in the design footsteps of the 2012 Toyota Camry.
This year is also expected to mark the release of the new BMW-PSA engine for the Corolla as part of the new partnership deal. A likely engine is the 1.6-litre turbo-diesel taken from the MINI Cooper D. In the MINI, it produces 82kW and 270Nm. It’s unclear at this stage if the Australian lineup will include the new diesel.