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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 first all-electric Karma Automotive model is set to debut next year.

Photo courtesy of Karma Automotive

Karma Automotive is promising to debut its first all-electric car in 2021. To understand how we got here, it's important to look back a decade.

Fisker Automotive was founded by heralded car designer Henrik Fisker in 2007. For a brief moment in history, it produced the Fisker Karma, one of the world's first production luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The first Karma was delivered in 2011 but by 2014, the company was staring down liquidation.

That year, Fisker Automotive's Karma vehicle design, tooling, and manufacturing facility were purchased by Wanxiang Group, the largest China-based automotive components company by revenue. Henrik Fisker retried the Fisker trademarks and rights to the Fisker brand. He went on to launch Fisker Inc., a separate company that has big plans for all-electric vehicles, in 2016. Wanxiang Group renamed its vehicle company Karma Automotive.

And now here we are.

Karma Automotive has released an image of the GS as a teaser.

Karma Automotive says that the 2021 debut will be the first public step in a full line, which includes electrification options and leans on technological advancements to set itself apart. The GS Series model will be Karma's first-ever battery electric luxury sedan.

The new models will retain much of the same design as the Revero.

"We are pleased to announce that Karma will now offer our first all-electric vehicle next year as part of the GS series," said Dr. Lance Zhou, Karma's CEO. "Cost reductions in the BOM, streamlining our supply chain and standardized production methods also allowed for a new, more attainable pricing structure for the GS lineup allowing for higher market penetration, opening up the market to a larger group of entry level luxury buyers."

Though its looks, range, pricing, and options aren't yet public knowledge, customers can currently reserve their model at http://www.karmaautomotive.com/reserve. All reservations require a fully-refundable $100 deposit.

For years Chinese brands have been looking to break into the U.S. market without much success. Though there are a growing number of Karma dealerships in the U.S., sales of the vehicles are few and far between.

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The Langen Two Stroke will debut at Salon Privé.

Photo courtesy of Langen Motorcycles

Langen Motorcycles, a new British company, is set to launch its first bike, the Two Stroke, at Salon Privé this week. The Two Stroke is a road-legal bike that, according to the company, "will attack your senses through the sound, smell and sheer thrill that only a lightweight, two-stroke can deliver."

Intrigued yet? The new model is powered by a two-stroke 250cc V-twin engine that relies at 14,500 rpm. The heart is produced for Langen by Vins, which is based in Maranello, Italy. It makes 75 brake horsepower and 33 pound-feet of torque. Lagen describes its development: "Born from an 'extra-curricular' passion project from members of the Ferrari research and development department, the CNC-machined engine has been developed over the last five years."

Langen Motorcycles Two Stroke Each Langen Two Stroke is handmade.Photo courtesy of Langen Motorcycles

The motorcycle's chassis is made from large-diameter, laser cut aluminum tubing with bonded and machined connection points and has Ohlins front forks and British K-Tech rear shocks. Hel Performance brakes, Dunlop tires, and a K-tech suspension also take residence on the motorcycle. The Langen Two Stroke weighs just 251 pounds and has a power-to-weight ratio that is better than most supercars.

Each Two Stroke is a handmade, bespoke creation. The bodywork, including the fuel tank is made from hand-laid carbon fiber, as is the gold leaf detailing. Buyers can customize their moto's paint color, chassis finish, suspension type, and wheels. Ergonomics can be customized to the buyer's preference.

The Two Stroke has been designed and engineered in England. Each model will be built in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Langen Motorcycles Two Stroke The motorcycle's ergonomics can be adjusted to best fit the driver.Photo courtesy of Langen Motorcycles

'The company has been founded with the aim of producing motorcycles with a simplicity and purity of days gone by, like the 'Ton-up boys' and their Caf racers – yet pushing the limits of modern technology," said Chris Ratcliffe, creator of Langen and designer of the Two Stroke. "My dream has always been to create a small piece of British motorcycling history. To be able to launch this special motorcycle under a completely new brand really is a dream come true. The aim is to continue to push boundaries and create more interesting bikes, which we hope will really please people"

Langen Motorcycles Two Stroke The company is new to the retail landscape.Photo courtesy of Langen Motorcycles

The first round of builds will be limited to 100 individually numbered models. Production is targeted to begin in summer 2021.

A further 150 motorcycles will be produced starting 2022, which will be available in homologated form for road use in other countries around the world. The total number of builds will be strictly limited to 250 bikes, each of them built to order.

Langen Motorcycles Two Stroke Each motorcycle's suspension is customizable.Photo courtesy of Langen Motorcycles

The Two Stroke is priced from £28,000 plus VAT where applicable. Pre-orders are now being taken with a £1000 refundable deposit to secure one of the 100 initial bikes.

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