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Toyota Kills Plans for New Supra and Next-Gen FJ Cruiser

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According to the Automotive News Toyota has dropped the successor to the Supra from its product plans due to the high mpg requirements in the US.

In addition to the death of the Supra it looks like the FJ Cruiser will only be around for one generation. Toyota only has plans to continue producing the 4-Runner, which the FJ Cruiser shares its platform with. Expect the FJ Cruiser to only continue out its current lifecycle which is only a few more years. The 4-Runner will be new for 2010.

In other Toyota news, Toyota is going to unveil an all-new Prius next January that will launch in the Spring as a 2010 model. The next-gen Prius will feature nickel-metal hydride batteries. Toyota is still working on the lithium-ion batteries, so there will not be a plug-in Prius when the new hybrid launches. The Prius will get a bump in power by ditching the Yaris’ 1.5L four-cyl for the 1.8L that powers the Corolla.

The Camry is expected to get a refresh for 2010 and a full redesign for 2012. The (ugly) Camry Solara coupe is expected to be dropped by the end of the year, but the convertible will continue for at least two more years.

Toyota’s upcoming sports coupe that is being built in conjunction with Subaru is expected to feature rear wheel drive and all-wheel-drive as an option. Subaru is going to provide the engine and basic platform for the coupe that should be here by 2012, at the earliest.

In regards to Toyota’s truck and SUV lineup the Tundra and Sequoia will get a new 4,6L V8 to replace the older 4.7L. The engine features 30 more horsepower and about a 2 mpg improvement on the highway. A heavy-duty diesel version of the Tundra has been put on hold.

The all-new Venza crossover, which is based on the Camry platform is going to launch this fall with a 2.7L four-cyl engine. A hybrid Venza is planned for 2012. The Highlander is also going to receive this engine for 09′ due to demand for more 4-cylinder models.

Lastly the Sienna minivan is going to not see a redesign until the fall of 2009 as a 2010 model. A hybrid version is expected for the 2012 model year.

Full Story: eGMCarTech

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