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, health low emissions, case performance, drugstore 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.