Toyota engine North America said on Tuesday that it will invest $383 million at four plants in the United States to prepare for what appears to be a new four-cylinder engine variant for traditional and hybrid powertrains.
Toyota vehicles sold in the United States with four-cylinder engines are now available in three displacements: 1.8 liters, 2.0 liters and 2.5 liters, depending on the vehicle’s needs. The exception is the GR86 sports car, which uses a 2.4-liter boxer engine from Subaru.
The company did not release details about the new engine or displacement, and a spokesperson declined to provide further information. However, the details of the individual investments delineate expenditures for a new engine block and engine head design, as well as increased production capacity.
The Japanese automaker said it would spend $222 million to add another four-cylinder production line at an engine plant in Huntsville, Ala. Currently, Toyota Alabama has the capacity to build 900,000 engines per year, and the added line will expand the 1.3 million square foot factory by 114,000 square feet, the car manufacturer said.
A TMNA spokesperson declined to say how many more engines the new line will produce when production begins in fall 2023.
As part of the project, TMNA will invest $109 million in a Toyota Motor Manufacturing Missouri plant in Troy, Missouri, for “new equipment to build four-cylinder engine heads on three production lines” , while a plant in Jackson, Tenn. , will receive $36 million to “update equipment to build new four-cylinder engine blocks.” Another $16 million will be spent at Toyota’s engine plant in Georgetown, Ky., to increase an investment there last fall for more flexibility.