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Leaked Toyota dealer slideshow reveals company's truck, SUV product plans for next 3 years

The next generation of Toyota's trucks and SUVs market was revealed via this leaked image.

Photo by Haskins, gr86.org

A participant at a recent Toyota dealership conference has leaked a slide to gr86.org showcasing Toyota's future product plans. It shows which models are slated for redesigns, and when.

It's important to note that Toyota hasn't confirmed any of the information in the image but the timeline seems likely based on cursory knowledge of the company's product development plans.

Additionally, at this time, it is unclear how the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis will impact this timeline.

2021 Toyota Sienna (Fall 2020)

First up is the Toyota Sienna. The so-called Swagger Wagon was supposed to have its debut at the New York International Auto Show in April (now rescheduled for August) then go on sale this autumn. This is the same planning that was underway for the Sienna's chief competition, the refreshed 2021 Honda Odyssey.

A note on the Sienna section points out that the model is "all hybrid." It's likely that the Sienna will get the 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid's powertrain, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission. The powertrain gets 243 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, and 36 mpg combined in the Highlander. The current Sienna only gets 21 mpg combined. The new model will probably come in front- and all-wheel drive variants.

The biggest question is its price. The Highlander Hybrid starts at $38,200. That's around $7,000 more than the starting price of the 2020 Sienna, which does not have a hybrid option.

All-New Crossover (Fall 2020)

This one is also labeled "All-Hybrid". Toyota has sold a hybrid version of its C-HR in some global markets for the past few years. Could they be bringing a hybrid version of a refreshed C-HR to the U.S.? Could it be something else?

There is a chance that this is the Yaris-based crossover that Toyota was supposed to unveil during the cancelled Geneva Motor Show. However, that model is currently only slated for sale outside the U.S.

2022 Toyota 86 (Summer 2021)

The Toyota 86 started its run as the Scion FR-S in 2012 and was co-developed by Toyota in partnership with Subaru, who from the deal got the BRZ. Its timeline is right for a total redesign and both companies have acknowledged that such a move is currently underway. Seeing the model arrive on dealership lots in mid-2021 makes sense.

The post on gr86.org's forum says that the slide before this showed that the 2022 Toyota 86 will be powered by a turbocharged 2.4-liter Boxer four-cylinder engine. That's the same engine that is available in the redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback and Legacy that provides 260 horsepower to those models. However, that engine could be for the GR version of the 86 (possibly called the GR86), as a high-performance variant. Having 260 horsepower in a vehicle as lightweight as an 86 is a lot to handle for the average consumer.

All-New CUV (Q3 2021)

Toyota is well underway in the building of their shared Alabama production space with Mazda. The companies have confirmed that the first vehicles will roll off the line there in 2021. It would make sense for this slideshow slot to be occupied by the new SUV Toyota said would be produced there for the U.S. market after they shifted plans away from Corolla production. What will that new model be called? Will it be rugged? World is that Venza is under consideration.

2022 Toyota Tundra (Q4 2021)

When an engineer let it slip that long awaited redesigned Tundra model was coming in 2021 a few years ago during the Texas Truck Rodeo, it seemed too far away, but here we (almost) finally are. The platform of the Tundra is the gateway to a whole new generation of Toyota trucks and the end of 2021 will feel like they're just getting started with the truck reveals.

What's on tap? There's a good chance, given Toyota's commitment to electrified powertrains, that we'll see a Tundra Hybrid come to market. This powertrain could also serve as an option for a Sequoia Hybrid and 4Runner Hybrid. Both models currently suffer from low fuel efficiency and outdated features.

2022/2023 Toyota Sequoia and 2022/2023 Toyota 4Runner (2022)

In 2022, the trucks conversation really picks up. As stated above, expect electrified models that deliver the types of prowess and creature comforts that customers have long expected from the trucks.

Hopefully the 4Runner will also get better braking capability, but its innovations may takeover the traditional drive experience of the current-generation 4Runner, which is one of the things enthusiasts love about it.

In the meantime, there's new Trail and Nightshade editions of the trucks coming soon to a dealership near you.

2023 Toyota Tacoma

Though it hasn't made this slideshow, word on the street/a bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan is that the Tacoma will be revised for 2023. In the meantime, Toyota has given the Tacoma a facelift for the 2020 model year and confirmed that it's moving Tacoma production out of Texas.

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The car rides on new alloy wheels.

Photo courtesy of MINI

MINI has given the Cooper Countryman a facelift for the 2021 model year refining the subcompact crossover's space, functionality, and ride comfort. The model will be available later this year.

In the US, the MINI Cooper Countryman remains one of the brand's most popular models, accounting for close to 40 percent of all MINIs sold in 2019.

The car gets a new grille with a chrome frame and standard LED headlights and fog lights up front, newly designed front and rear bumper coverings, now entirely in body finish, lend a more refined appearance. The radiator grill of the MINI Cooper S Countryman has a bold hexagonal grid pattern with a red "S" and a single chrome strut.

2021 MINI Cooper Countryman MINI has given the model a fresh front and rear look.Photo courtesy of MINI

In the back are LED rear lights in a Union Jack design and a fresh bumper design. MINI will offer the model with an available Piano Black exterior trim joining the new White Silver metallic and Sage Green metallic paint jobs. The model will ride on standard 17-inch light alloy wheels. Buyers can opt for 17-inch light alloy wheels in Channel Spoke Black design or 19-inch light alloy Turnstile Spoke two-tone wheels.

The Countryman will continue to be offered in a variety of models from the plug-in hybrid MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 to the high performance MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4. The base Cooper Countryman will still come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine under the hood that generates 134 horsepower.

The next tier up, the Cooper S Countryman gets the same engine, tuned to put out 189 horsepower. The John Cooper Works model, with its standard all-wheel drive, has a 301-horsepower version of the power plant. All-wheel drive is available on the other two vehicles.

AN electrified version of the powertrain is available in the Cooper SE Countryman. It pairs a 1.5-liter engine with a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery and an electric motor. The plug-in hybrid model has 17 miles of all-electric range.

2021 MINI Cooper Countryman The interior of the model has been given a facelift, just like the exterior of the car.Photo courtesy of MINI

The cabin of the car features a new cockpit display with an available 5-inch color screen. MINI is offering the 2021 Countryman with a new list of leather trim and interior surfaces. MINI is offering a new option for the Yours Interior Style package - Shaded Silver.

MINI offers the vehicle with new Chesterfield Indigo Blue and Chesterfield Matt Brown leather in addition to the 2020 model year roster of upholstery colors and finishes.

The MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 models now come as standard with Piano Black interior surfaces for the cockpit and door bezels. These are combined with accent strips in the variant British Oak dark.

At the center is an 8.8-inch touch screen. Signature and Iconic trim levels have navigation. MINI has refined the look of the audio control panel, buttons for hazard lights, and driver assistance systems. Amazon Alexa integration is available.

2021 MINI Cooper Countryman There's an 8.8-inch touch screen in the middle of the car.Photo courtesy of MINI

For the new model, there is a longer list of available MINI accessories from the manufacturer. The selection ranges from a roof box, molded luggage compartment mats and all-weather floor mats, to individual MINI LED door projectors from the MINI Yours Customized program, and of course, John Cooper Works performance products designed for extreme driving fun.

The 2021 MINI Countryman is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms later this summer. Pricing will be available closer to the model's on-sale date.

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Travis Pastrana will return to Ken Block's popular "Gymkhana" stunt series.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

Gymkhana GRiD is back. Ken Block's popular video series will be making a return in 2020 with Travis Pastrana behind the wheel of a specially configured Subaru.

The news comes just two days after Pastrana, a full-time member of the 2020 Subaru rally team, and Block (and Subaru) agreed that they would be willing try to make it happen. Here's how it went down.

Pastrana and Block have been staying at home with their families during the COVID-19 crisis but they haven't been idle. The longtime friends and former teammates have been competing to produce at-home stunt videos for their fans. Block's "Gymkhana GRiD: Stay at Home Edition" called out the Pastrana family, challenging Pastrana to film a better version at his home in Maryland. Pastrana's rebuttal featured big dirt jumps, driving on two wheels and donuts around his personal WRX STI. Both drivers encouraged their fans to vote on who made the better video.

Then, on Tuesday's "Hoonigan Tangents Live" show, the talk turned from friendly jabs between the two into Block offering Pastrana the chance to film his own Gymkhana installment in 2020 with Subaru and the Hoonigan Media team. Pastrana and Subaru immediately agreed to the challenge, marking the first time in 11 years that Subaru will be a part of the series.

"What Ken has done with 'Gymkhana' over the years has really been amazing," said Pastrana. "But I think he made a big mistake giving me a shot at doing one of my own! I've got some ideas that I think can blow Ken's videos out of the water, and Subaru is on board to provide a car to do it. One thing's for sure, it's going to be unlike any 'Gymkhana' you've ever seen before."

This won't be Pastrana's first trip around the "Ghymkana" block. The five-time U.S. rally champion, freestyle motocross pioneer, action sports icon and stunt expert has made cameo appearances in the fifth and tenth installments of the series.

More details of the location and release timing of the special video will be announced at a later date.

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