It this video a hint that Toyota’s diesel engines may finally find their way into U.S. Toyota trucks?
Just the mere mention of Toyota’s diesel engines makes many fans in the U.S. shake their heads at what could have been. After many years of rumors and speculation, the lauded power plants never found their way into any light-duty trucks on our shores. At one point, it seemed like a certainty. The new (at the time) Toyota Tundra dually concept, shown below, burned up SEMA in 2007 — and things looked promising.
Toyota’s diesel engine hopes began to fade after issues like VW’s “Dieselgate” and FCA’s diesel issues eroded public trust and interest. There was also this quote from Toyota’s Chief Mike Sweers:
That seemed to be the end of Toyota’s diesel engine for the U.S.
But maybe not so fast. Rumors began to reemerge about a super high compression diesel being developed by Toyota. Filed on December 2019, a U.S. patent (US20200208601) was made public on July 2nd, 2020. While we weren’t sure at the time whether or not it’s gas or diesel, but it uses high compression for enhanced performance and reduced emissions.
Other rumblings have persisted about hybrid power – and the possibility of a diesel/hybrid powertrain too. While nothing has been substantiated, we now have this curious video. Please take a minute and tell us what you think of the production. To some of us, it kind of looks like they are trying to get consumers comfortable with the idea of diesels.