The next generation of 2021 Toyota Sienna will be fully hybrid

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The 2021 Toyota Sienna will apparently only be available as a gasoline-electric hybrid, according to an apparent leak from a dealer meeting. The AllCarNews Instagram page recently posted a sneaky photo taken at a company insider meeting that corroborates much of the information we reported on future Toyota products (second slide in embedded post below) .

Notably, though, is news of a full-hybrid next-generation Sienna coming by the end of the year. According to the leaked photo, which depicts Toyota’s launch schedule for its next generation of vehicles, the new Sienna is on the way by fall 2020, with a range of full-hybrid powertrains.

What’s unclear is how many engine configurations the 2021 Sienna would feature. A likely option is a hybrid version of the current direct-injected, direct-injected 3.5-liter V6, possibly modified to run on the more efficient Atkinson cycle. However, the 2020 Highlander Hybrid ditched its older 3.5-liter engine in favor of a 2.5-liter hybrid inline-four, prioritizing efficiency over speed.

It’s possible the next-generation Sienna will follow suit, offering a base four-cylinder or an optional V6, both electrified. It wouldn’t be the first time the minivan featured a base inline-four engine; the current-generation Sienna got by with a 2.7-liter four-pot for its first two model years, but was underpowered when it struggled with the weight of the family hauler. If the 2021 Toyota Sienna is properly lightened as it transitions to the company’s TNGA platform, a hybrid four could very well do the trick.

A plug-in hybrid “Sienna Prime” also seems likely. In this case, we’d expect the Toyota RAV4 Prime’s powertrain to go big – a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder tuned with a front electric motor and a rear electric motor, powered by a battery. high capacity lithium ion. If so, expect the Sienna Prime to deliver 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts), which compares well with the current Sienna V6’s 296 hp (221 kW).

In addition to the hybrid Sienna, the leaked photos also indicated that Toyota would launch an “all-new crossover” this fall, which would also be hybrid-only. It’s unclear whether this new model will be the next Corolla Cross or the resurrected Venza – our money’s on the former, since the timeline also includes an “all-new CUV” coming next year.

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These powertrain moves come as no surprise to Toyota, which marketed the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car when the Prius arrived in Japan in 1997. Since then, the company’s battery technology has become cheaper and more compact, allowing for a more diverse (and affordable) range of electrified vehicles. A hybrid Sienna will be a first for the company, and it will arrive to finally give the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in some electrified competition.

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