As far as family-friendly cars are concerned, the Toyota Sienna is currently one of the most appealing options. The model has been around for quite some time now, receiving only mild facelifts and updates. Despite its age, the Sienna minivan still provides a comfortable ride, practicality as well as outstanding reliability. However, the fuel economy is where it lags behind its competitors. According to recent reports, the company might have a solution to this problem. For 2018 the Sienna is expected to adopt the same hybrid drivetrain that’s currently available in the Camry sedan. As for the release date, the 2018 Toyota Sienna Hybrid could hit the dealerships in the second half of 2017.
2018 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Redesign
Of all the minivans available in North America, the Sienna is probably the best-looking model. Although some find it conservative, Toyota’s minivan has benefited from the recent set of visual upgrades. It now sports a fresher front end with a new grille and headlights. Now, the 2018 Sienna Hybrid won’t differ significantly from the regular models. Expect it to feature a couple of new exterior colors as well as distinctive badging. The cabin will offer an exceptionally comfortable passenger space with plenty of storage compartments. Depending on the layout, it will be able to accommodate seven or eight passengers. Even the base trim will get you an impressive list of standard equipment. Some of the standard amenities include tri-zone climate control, automatic headlights, rearview camera and a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Optional features include a power lift-gate, leather seats, navigation, Driver Easy Speak as well as a moon-roof.
2018 Sienna Hybrid Drivetrain
As mentioned, the 2018 Toyota Sienna Hybrid is likely to use the same gas-electric drivetrain as the Camry sedan. That means a conventional 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.Exact output figures are still unknown but the system currently produces 200 horsepower in the Camry. Its power is sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. When it comes to the fuel economy, we expect the first gas-electric Sienna to deliver more than 40 mpg.
By adding the hybrid model to the Sienna’s lineup, Toyota will broaden its appeal greatly. The latest upgrade will help this capable minivan to stay competitive until the next iteration arrives in the near future. Recent rumor has it that the 2019 Toyota Sienna might arrive as a completely redesigned model.