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Previa gets common rail diesel engine

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Toyota Previa MPV is now available with a 114bhp 2.0-litre D-4D diesel manual engine that combines optimum performance with low fuel consumption and low emissions.

The 2.0-litre D-4D common rail, direct injection engine introduced in the Avensis model last year has been specially tuned for the Previa. Maximum power output is 114bhp as opposed to 109bhp with a maximum torque output of 250Nm beginning at just 1,800rpm and ending at 3,000rpm.

A spokesman said: “The introduction of the Previa diesel engine will enable Toyota to build on the already successful launch of this model in the growing European diesel market – forecast to reach five million units a year by 2003.

“The Toyota D-4D diesel engine is among the most advanced in the world and a clear example of Toyota's use of intelligent technology, answering many of the criticisms levelled at diesel engines in the past.”

The 2.0-litre D-4D engine consumes around 12 per cent less fuel than earlier diesel engines and is considerably more fuel efficient than similar performing petrol engines with a low emissions figure of 191g/km. Potentially harmful emissions are reduced, thanks to the improved fuel consumption and more efficient combustion of the direct injection engine. An exhaust gas recirculation unit (EGR) helps cut nitrous oxide emissions by 68 per cent. The new engine produces no smoke and particulate emissions are cut by 44 per cent.

The D-4D Previa (pictured) is priced at a £1,500 premium over the manual gearbox petrol version, with the GS eight-seat version priced at £21,450; GLS seven and eight seat priced at £22,950 and CDX seven seat at £24,450.

Previa has a top speed of 109mph and accelerates from zero to 62mph in 13.8 seconds. D-4D achieves 39.2mpg on the combined cycle or more than 650 miles on one tank.

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