Toyota expected to roll out AdBlue

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With all the recent talk about electric vehicles set to take over the four-wheel drive landscape, and many pundits yelling that ‘Diesel is dead!’ from the tops of many a soapbox, it seems that despite Toyota “kind of'” announcing an EV HiLux within six years, diesel is not done, with Toyota expected to roll out AdBlue.

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An internal source at Toyota Australia has told us that many Toyota service staff have headed back to the classroom, with the subject being ‘everything you’ve ever needed to know about AdBlue’. Up until now, there’s not been an Australian Toyota model with AdBlue or a Regenerative Catalytic Converter system fitted to the vehicle. It would seem that’s all about to change with an expected update to the 2.8-litre D-4D four-cylinder engine seen across the HiLux, Fortuner and Prado 4WDs. The engine will feature these anti-pollution technologies with new vehicle models about to hit the showroom floor. The troublesome Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF), which has given Toyota and its customers so much grief in recent years, however, will not be given the flick.

Following on from the update to the current D-4D four-cylinder engine, rumours are also rife around the new 300 Series LandCruiser, and whether the venerable 1VD-FTV engine will be replaced by a six-cylinder twin turbo diesel engine. If so, we’re likely to see that utilise an AdBlue system as the V6 Amarok and V6 Mercedes models do. There is also talk that the Regenerative Catalytic Converter system will be slapped into the current model 1VD V8-engine, before its apparent end when the 300 Series is finally released.

Toyota LandCruiser Prado may have AdBlue added by the end of this year

We’ll be following these developments along closely, and will keep this page updated with any further information we’re able to garner from Toyota. It is worth remembering that even if the Toyota AdBlue system roll-out is installed into the D-4D engines, they will still have a DPF system; this is not a bullet-dodge by Toyota for the ongoing DPF issues.




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  • If heavy truck operators can get excellent reductions in pollution and 35% power increase,just by using CNG as well as diesel to run big rigs,why dont they look at this for the larger 4x4s for towing?
    Infastructure is already in place.
    And we have plenty of CNG they run buses on it through cities brainer

  • 4×4 manufacturers state that their vehicles can tow a 3500kg caravan. My 2016 BT50 GT HAS A GCM of 6000kg. OK, take 3500 from 6000 which gives me 2500Kg for the BT50. That vehicle is the same as the Ranger & has a Rare weight of around 2200kg. Leaving me 300kg for 80 litres of diesel the tow bar my 47ltr fridge & its battery, not to mention me at 90kg & my wife at 75kg, I’d be Ilegal towing a 3500kg van.
    My 3025kg gvm Supreme caravan compliance plate is far from accurate aswell.

  • If Hyundai engines can pass all the tests and perform well without AddBlue why can’t the likes of VW and Mercedes do the same? Why because they do not want to spend the money on the needed research and development to create the engines that will comply without it!

  • DPF Issues? There are no DPF issues. Toyota system has proven very reliable.

    Stop the scare mongering, and maybe research the issue.

  • ad blue is concentrated urine (piss) and is extremely corrosive ,how does that improve the environment & engine components ?

    • What will it corrode Gordon? It sits in a plastic tank before being injected into the hot exhaust and burned off. Doesn’t go near most mechanical components. There’s plenty of info on it if you google. Here’s one good one: Adblue has been around for years even if Australia has been slow on the uptake. Two major issues (apart from more complexity being added) are location of the filler (people mistakenly putting adblue into the tank), and – if Toyota takes the same path as Ford – immobilisation of your vehicle if your adblue runs out and you stop/start the motor. The latter is an ott response imo and potentially dangerous for some people in our huge remote expanses, although many will say it’s no different to running out of fuel, oil, etc. I was looking at the Everest as my next vehicle but their adblue setup was one of the reasons I dropped it off my list.

      • $1500 to replace the A’s lye heater in my VW. It can happen every 50000km and VW won’t come to the party. No thanks Tojo.

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