Last Friday, Naza has launch the Toyota Estima Hybrid in Petaling Jaya.The new 2008 model Toyota Estima Hybrid is currently priced at RM 268,000 including a 1 year warranty.This new Estima Hybrid features the Toyota Hybrid System (THS) II that is supposed to give better economy than the previous generation hybrid.
This world’s highest fuel efficiency (in its class) is powered by a highly efficient 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with high-expansion ratio cycle for higher output but better fuel economy All systems can work together to produce a peak power of 190 PS.This Estima gives you 40 to 70km/h in 4.2 seconds and 0 to 100km/h takes 10.8 seconds. Under the 10-15 Japanese test cycle, the Estima Hybrid can achieve 20km per liter.You also can drive the Estima on battery power alone, until the computer decides that the battery needs recharging or the speed goes above 60km/h.
It also has the exhaust recovery system that recovers thermal energy from the exhaust to heat the engine coolant, reducing engine warm-up time and enabling the engine to shut off earlier when idling.
Interior wise, nothing change with this Estima except for some extra gauges on the LCD display that show the battery’s performance and the hybrid operation.