The Toyota Venza will be returning to the line-up of Toyota vehicles this year. At least possibly, or it might be 2021.
The Venza was discontinued in 2015 and export models ended production in 2017.
However, a partnership with British auto manufacturer, Lotus, means the Venza is being resurrected.
Lotus took the existing Venza design and through some creative engineering has made some serious changes to the vehicle.
Engineers were able to reduce the vehicle’s weight by 38 per cent, and that includes the powertrain.
At present time, the new Venza is a vehicle in theory as it has not yet gone into production.
All of the Venza’s dimensions remain the same so it’s not like they reduced size to make a lighter vehicle.
Engineers have been using stronger, lighter materials and better component integration and advanced joining and assembly techniques.
The older version of the Venza was composed of 100 per cent steel, while the 2020 version uses 37 per cent aluminum, 30 per cent magnesium, and another 21 per cent in composites. ]
In all, that reduces the vehicles weight by about 355 lbs.
With the change in weight, other components like the brakes, shock absorbers, and suspension arms can also be reduced.
For now, at least, this is a project that was done to see if it could be done, and apparently they were successful.
The project also included reducing weight in other components like the dashboard and seat materials to make the vehicle as light as possible.
As of now, the new Venza has not gone into production and remains a concept car.
Toyota has not yet announced if the Venza will return in it’s new version as an ultra light vehicle but auto enthusiasts are waiting to see developments over the next few months.