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Old 11-08-2006, 01:07 AM   #1
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Post Toyota Highlander Turbo Hybrid @ SEMA 2006

Toyota exhibited a turbo hybrid Highlander at SEMA. The engine is turbocharged, but the interesting thing is that the base car is a hybrid. Normal output is 268hp, while the K24 turbo bumps output up to 305hp. Its likely that the output is a conservative figure in order to stress the importance of fuel consumption expected by a hybrid. The vehicle is being marketed as "the ulimate SUV".

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Old 11-08-2006, 07:35 AM   #2
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Funny - I'd think that the "ultimate SUV" would at least have a small amount of off-road ability instead of being a jacked-up Camry.

For an "ultimate SUV", give me a Toureg V10 TDI. Or make a 4-Runner diesel-hybrid...
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:28 AM   #3
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that's a big TMIC. but doesn't this defeat the purpose of it being a hybrid?
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:28 PM   #4
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And we have the first benefit to Toyota of the partnership with Subaru... WRB paint!
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Old 11-08-2006, 12:44 PM   #5
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that could be one of the ugliest cars i have ever seen.
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Old 11-08-2006, 04:50 PM   #6
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I thought it was an Envoy when i saw the 1st pic.
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:01 PM   #7
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The chrome... MY EEEEEEYES....

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Old 11-08-2006, 05:36 PM   #8
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Something tells me that is gets worse mileage than the gas model and offers a lot less performance (even due to weight alone) if one were to add FI to the petrol version
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:06 PM   #9
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call me crazy but i think the highlander resembles the forrester. if you look at just the basic lines and fender buldges... they share a lot. but of course the forrester came out before the highlander
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:46 PM   #10
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Love the thinking behind this vehicle - but too bad it is uglier than sin.

BTW what ever happened with that electric motor-assisted turbo? (was supposed to pre-spool the turbo to essentially eliminate turbo lag).
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