Toyota Estima Hybrid gets a full redesign

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In the Toyota Estima Hybrid the first minivan to ever the advanced new powertrain technology. Toyota released the fully version of this family-hauling machine. Like its predecessor, the new is propelled by the company’s Toyota System II (THS II) with

That’s a fancy way of saying it has proven hybrid system with electronic four-wheel-drive. It has the to run in all-electric mode under the conditions.

Optimized for minivan the Estima’s powertrain bestows as good or better than gasoline-only vehicles, while class-leading fuel economy at the time. Handling is improved the addition of Toyota’s electronic system — a feature found on the automaker’s premium vehicles that also duty on the Highlander Hybrid in the US.

The environmentally-conscious approach extends the green-tech powertrain. Toyota recyclable and otherwise environmentally-sensitive whenever possible in the actual of the vehicle, and employs a methodology Eco-VAS (Eco-Vehicle Assessment during development which is to help ensure that emissions are reduced through stage of the car’s lifespan.

uses the van’s styling to its green aspirations and high-tech The grille and headlamp design is modern-looking, and all the lenses have a tint which is supposed to cleanliness. It all works. The color follows suit, and Toyota has an optional metallic purple color (pictured above) lends a light, airy to the whole affair.

While these styling decisions do a job of communicating the clean message is shooting for. Naturally, badging is applied in all the right and for those who want to emphatically that they’re driving a a selection of Hybrid Synergy decals are available from the accessory catalog. Even TRD in on the act, offering a small of performance mods for the Estima.

While it’s a Japan-only the Estima Hybrid is very in that it offers a peek at a type for which there may be a market here in the US. While hybrids like the Prius a clearly-defined niche, they do not the utility that many require. The Estima Hybrid, on the hand, does.

Hybrid and efficiency combined with for seven or eight passengers is that many families for a people hauler would find attractive.

Toyota’s press release follows the jump.

[Source: Toyota]

12, 2006

Toyota Launches Redesigned Estima Hybrid

– TOYOTA MOTOR (TMC) announced today the sales launch in Japan of the redesigned Estima Hybrid through Toyota (Osaka in the Osaka area) and Toyota dealers.

The Estima Hybrid was launched in 2001 as the world’s hybrid minivan, demonstrating new for hybrid vehicles. It achieved fuel efficiency and lean emissions, and-through the world’s use of the E-Four (electric four-wheel-drive) on a mass-production vehicle and an ECB (Electronically Brake) system-it provided maneuvering stability.

The new Estima features the THS II¹, optimized for use on a The THS II was designed to achieve even environmental and driving performance on the concept of Hybrid Synergy which seeks to realize fuel efficiency, low emissions, driving performance and quiet

As a result, the new Estima Hybrid one of the world’s highest fuel performances in its class², which is on par a compact vehicle³, and clean emissions. Furthermore, its dynamic surpasses that of other in its class, with high characteristic of a hybrid vehicle, powerful acceleration and extremely operation.

In addition, the adoption as standard of the system with high-output motor and the first use in a minivan of (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated which integrates and optimally drive power, steering and aims to take fun to drive to a level with greater and cruising stability.

¹ Hybrid System II

² to vehicles of similar engine

³ Under the 10-15 cycle outlined by the Japanese of Land, Infrastructure and Transport


Sales channels: (Osaka Toyopet in the Osaka and Toyota Corolla dealers in Japan

Monthly sales in Japan: 700 units

Dealer events: June 24 and 25, 2006


Fujimatsu Plant, Auto Body Co. Ltd.

Suggested Retail Prices in Hokkaido and Okinawa differ; yen)

Trim Level Price*(including consumption tax)

X 8

X 7 3,770,000 (Welcab Side Seat Model)**

G 8 4,368,000

G 7

G 7 4,470,000 (Welcab Side Seat Model)**

* Prices do not include recycling fees.

** Not to consumption tax.


1. Hybrid System Optimized for Use

THS II with Motor Speed Device

The THS II features a front speed reduction device amplifies the torque from the motor, efficiently conveys power, achieves smooth and acceleration and contributes to the reduced of the motor. * The variable voltage of the power control unit a booster circuit to increase the supplied from the battery to the from 245V to 650V, the power output of the front and motors.

In addition to the higher and output front motor, the output has been increased to overall system output, dynamic performance with to spare, going beyond its

The hybrid system battery improved cooling effectiveness and output. Installing the battery the center console allows for seat arrangements, equivalent to of a regular gasoline-engine Estima, and a interior space.

Higher-output, 2.4-liter, Four-cylinder Engine High-expansion Ratio Cycle

The and exhaust systems, as well as control, were improved to engine speed and reduce for higher maximum output and fuel efficiency.

Performance of Components of E-Four and THS II with Speed Reduction Device

THS II motor speed reduction


Engine Type:

Displacement [cc]: 2,362

output [kW (PS) / rpm]: 110 / 6,000

Hybrid system

Type: Nickel-metal hydride

voltage [V]: 245 (DC)

Rear motor

Maximum [kW (PS)]: 50 (68)

Maximum [N-m (kg-m)]: 130 (13.3)


Maximum output* [kW 140 (190)

* Output that the can achieve using the engine and motor power (the power is dependent on battery (based on TMC calculations)

2. High Efficiency, Low Emissions, Outstanding Performance, Quieter Ride

Highest Fuel Efficiency in its and Clean Exhaust Emissions

the aim of reducing CO2 emissions, the new Estima boasts a fuel efficiency of (in the 10-15 test cycle by the Japanese Ministry of Land, and Transport-MLIT), equivalent to that of a vehicle. In addition, fuel is more than 20% greater the level called for by the Japanese standards*, and both NOx (nitrogen and NMHC (non-methane hydrocarbons) been cut, achieving levels 75% lower than the standards under the Ministry’s System for Low-emission Vehicles.

achievements mean the vehicle for incentives under the Japanese Green Taxation System. CO2 under the 10-15 Japanese cycle are just 116g/km (as by MLIT).

An exhaust heat recovery has been adopted to recover energy from the exhaust and use it to engine coolant. This engine warm-up time, enables the engine to shut off when idling, contributing to improvements in actual fuel

*Specified by the Japanese Law Concerning the Use of Energy.

Environmental Considerations

By Toyota’s original comprehensive impact assessment system as Eco-VAS (Eco-Vehicle Assessment environmental targets were set in the stage and a life cycle was conducted to allow the reduction of CO2 throughout all stages of the vehicle’s from production and use to disposal.

In to using materials with recyclability, greater attention has paid to the environment by, among means, reducing VOC (volatile compounds) emissions and the use of substances of concern such as lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and

Outstanding Driving Performance

The of a high-output, high-efficiency 2.4-liter gasoline engine with two motors provides the superior characteristic of a hybrid vehicle smooth, powerful acceleration exceeds that of a conventional gasoline engine vehicle in the class.

Acceleration during 40-70km/h in 4.2 seconds (as measured by

Acceleration from start: in 10.8 seconds (as measured by

Quiet Ride

Road and engine noise have reduced by the use of more sound-absorbing the optimal distribution of vibration-controlling and materials and the use of noise-reducing windshield Combined with the Estima ability to operate as an electric when starting up and operating at low or with a light load on the the result is a quiet ride, distinct from that of a gasoline-engine vehicle.

3. Increase in Driving Pleasure Greater Maneuverability and Cruising

The E-Four (electric four-wheel-drive) high-output rear motor the engine and front motor as and continuously optimizes the allocation of between the front and rear delivering levels of power and under bad-weather and slippery that are found only in a vehicle.

The first VDIM on minivans comes standard. It the vehicle before it reaches a state by coordinating control and an optimum balance among power, steering and braking, allowing higher preventive and dynamic capability.

4. Equipment and Created Specifically for Hybrid


The front bumper, grille and emblem, front and spoilers, headlights, combination 17-inch aluminum wheels, and other components were specifically for the new Estima Hybrid to its high quality and advanced

The shapes of the front and rear have been optimized to outstanding aerodynamics.

The translucent lens of the headlights and combination evoke the clean image of a vehicle.

The hybrid vehicle-exclusive on the side and rear emphasize the presence as a hybrid vehicle and an integrated image as a Toyota-brand

Light Purple Mica has been adopted as a new exclusive color to express the advanced of hybrid vehicles.


seats are featured in vehicles G trim, while the instrument ornamentation boasts a silver finish. In addition, the use of a large console adds to a sophisticated while enhancing functionality.

The cluster features blue that evoke the clean and nature of hybrid vehicles. It incorporates a newly developed meter that displays the of motor operation (driving or regeneration), electricity consumption the air conditioner, headlights and other to indicate the driving criteria for fuel efficiency. A dot-matrix display located within the cluster indicates the energy average fuel efficiency, cruising distance and other

Hybrid Vehicle Exclusive

The EV Drive Mode allows the Hybrid to run on motor power for quiet and clean operation.

By the drive power to less would normally be applied in to pressure on the accelerator, the Snow makes possible smooth from a stop on slippery such as snow-covered and icy roads.

Specially equipped vehicles factory-installed features for disabled

On the Side Lift-up Seat (detachable type), a seat the second row can be pulled out of the vehicle and as a wheelchair, providing enhanced compared to conventional wheelchairs and fatigue when riding in the for extended periods.

Depending on needs, the pull-out seat the second row can be fitted as any one of the following types of wheelchairs when a manual caregiver-assisted type is operated manually by the caregiver; an caregiver-assisted type that electrically to reduce caregiver and an electric self-operating type a disabled person can operate using a joystick.

A Side Seat for the second row (non-detachable is available in an option package on all model vehicles. This rotates and slides down the vehicle to help boarding and from a wheel chair.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail (Prices in Hokkaido and Okinawa unit: yen)


Welcab Side Lift-up model (Detachable type)

caregiver-assisted type **

Trim: G


Powertrain: THS II with motor reduction device+ E-Four


* Prices listed do not recycling fees.

** An electric, type costs an additional yen; an electric, self-operating an additional 460,000 yen.

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