Toyota announced today that is developing a new 2.7-liter inline four-cylinder engine which 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.
With this new engine, Highlander will have a fuel economy estimate 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). The all-new engine equipped with a variable intake manifold and dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i), will produce a total of 187 horsepower at 5,800 RPM and 186 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,100 RPM on regular 87 octane fuel.
The 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 engine will come standard on the well-equipped Highlander grade two-wheel-drive model with two rows of seats.