Toyota engines - Dynamic Force series (R4)

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Jul 2018

EngineDisplacement, cm3Cylinder diameter x Piston stroke, mmCompression ratioPower, hpTorque, NmRONECSMarket/Standard
M20A-FKS199880.5 x 97.613.0171 / 6600205 / 480091D-4SEEC
M20A-FXS199880.5 x 97.614.0145 / 6000180 / 440091D-4SEEC
A25A-FKS248787.5 x 103.413.0205 / 6600250 / 480091D-4SEEC
A25A-FXS248787.5 x 103.414.0177 / 5700220 / 360091D-4SEEC

The first engine of the new series under "Dynamic Force" designation debuted in 2016 (2.5), the second - in 2017 (3.5), the third - in 2018 (2.0). By 2021, the entire family will have six inline and three V-engines.

A25A-FKS (2.5 D-4S DVVT-iE) - basic engine of the series, transverse, combined injection, DVVT-iE, Miller cycle mode. Installed to: Camry 70, Avalon.
A25A-FXS (2.5 D-4S DVVT-iE) - for hybrid powertrains, transverse, combined injection, DVVT-iE, Miller cycle mode. Installed to: Camry 70, Avalon.
M20A-FKS (2.0 D-4S DVVT-iE) - transverse, combined injection, DVVT-iE, Miller cycle mode. Installed to: Lexus UX.
M20A-FXS (2.0 D-4S DVVT-iE) - for hybrid powertrains, transverse, combined injection, DVVT-iE, Miller cycle mode. Installed to: Lexus UX, Auris.

A25A-FKS (2.5 D-4S)

Most of the used technical solutions were once described in our reviews of previous series, so A25A can be considered as an evolutionary development of the 3-4 wave engines.

Engine mechanical - Cylinder block

The cylinder block - open-deck type, made of aluminum (light-alloy). The cast iron liners are fused into the block material, and their special uneven outer surface provides the durable connection and improved heat sink.

The #1 cylinder has not water cooling at front side which allowed to reduce the overall length of the block. Channels for oil and antifreeze are brought together for better heat transfer - fast warming up of the cold engine and cooling under high loads. There are sloping coolant channels drilled between the cylinders.

1 - cylinder block. a - cylinder bore, b - liner, c - bore cross hatch, e - water passage, f - breather hole, g - oil drain, h - 94 mm, i - 97 mm.

There is the spacer in the water jacket installed, it allows more intensive coolant circulation near the top of the cylinder, which improves heat dissipation and helps to more evenly thermally load.

A massive alloy crankcase (or upper oil pan) is attached to the block.

1 - crankcase, 2 - oil pan. a - oil passage, b - oil drain passage, c - oil pressure control valve hole, d - rear oil seal retainer, e - rear end plate, f - oil filter bracket.

The crankshaft is installed with a 10 mm offset (the axes of the cylinders do not intersect with the longitudinal axis of the crankshaft), thus reducing the lateral component of the force exerted by the piston to the cylinder wall, reducing wear.

The crankshaft has 8 counterweights, narrow journals and traditional (separated) main bearing caps. The bearings have a polymer coating. The upper heads of the connecting rods are cut to reduce weight.

a-e - main bearing journal, f - balance shaft drive gear, g - balance weight.

The separate balancer mechanism is driven by crankshaft via train with polymer gears. The balance shafts module is attached through the crankcase directly to the cylinder block with long bolts.

The pistons made of light-alloy, T-shaped, lightweight. The groove of the upper compression ring has an alumite coating, the edges of the upper compression and oil rings has anti-wear carbon coating (DLC - "diamond like"). The working part of the skirt is covered with a polymer coating. Pistons are connected to the connecting rods by fully floating pins and locking rings.

1 - compression ring 1, 2 - compression ring 2, 3 - oil ring. b - alumite coating, c - resin coating, d - DLC coating, e - combustion bowl.

The "walls" of the piston are noticeable sloped, which should better distribute the load to the piston pin at the expansion stroke.

The engine is highly "long-stroke" - so the piston speed shows the new absolute record for Toyota (of course, it does not extend the engine durability).

Similarly other modern Toyota engines, A25A has a high geometric compression ratio (13-14). Although it would be more accurate to say "expansion ratio" - the actual compression ratio for Miller cycle is much lower, so the engines are designed for low octane gasoline (RON 91 / Regular).

Engine mechanical - Cylinder head

The camshafts are installed in a separate housing, which mounted on the cylinder head - it simplifies the design and manufacturing technology of cylinder head, but creates an extra joint with oil channels to be sealed.

1-4 - camshaft bearing cap, 5 - camshaft housing, 6 - cylinder head, 7 - intake valve, 8 - exhaust valve. c - spark plug hole, d - exhaust side, e - intake side, f - valve seat, g - tumble flow.

Instead of traditional (pressed) for the inlet valves special "laser-clad" seats are used (like old 1ZZ-FE). Such seat is much thinner than usual, that provides better cooling of the valves and allows to optimize the shape and size of the intake port.

There are hydraulic lash adjusters and roller rockers in the valve mechanism.

1 - cam, 2 - valve rocker arm, 3 - valve lash adjuster. a - oil passage, b - plunger, c - check ball, d - check ball spring, e - plunger spring.

The cooling jacket of the head is divided into two levels to accelerate the flow of antifreeze.

a - upper water jacket, b - lower water jacket, c - sub-jacket.

Size optimization of the exhaust ports should help the exhaust gases cooling. The EGR channel passes directly through the head.

1 - cylinder head, 2 - exhaust manifold. a - exhaust port.

Timing drive - 16-valve DOHC, driven by single-row roller chain (small pitch 8 mm), the chain tension adjusted by automatic hydraulic tensoiner.

1 - chain, 2 - tensioner, 3 - slipper, 4 - damper.

One of key features of the new engines - electrical VVT actuator for inlet camshaft (detailed description of VVT-iE).

1 - camshaft timing exhaust gear, 2 - camshaft timing gear, 3 - exhaust camshaft, 4 - intake camshaft, 5 - chain tensioner, 6 - chain tensioner slipper, 7 - chain, 8 - valve lash adjuster, 9 - valve rocker arm, 10 - valve stem cap, 11 - valve spring retainer lock, 12 - valve spring retainer, 13 - valve compression spring, 14 - valve stem oil seal, 15 - valve spring seat, 16 - valve guide bush, 17 - valve.

The exhaust camshaft drives the high pressure fuel pump via profiled cam and also drives the vacuum pump.

1 - camshaft timing gear, 2 - intake camshaft, 3 - camshaft timing exhaust gear, 4 - exhaust camshaft. a - cam (fuel pump), b - timing rotor.

A vacuum pump is required because of D-4 engine does not provide enough vacuum in the intake manifold for brake booster operation. However, as for ZR engines, the pump design will cause the same problems in the future.

1 - vacuum pump

The timing chain is closed with two alloy covers (VVT-iE controller and the VVT-i valve are attached to the front cover).

1 - cam timing oil control solenoid, 2 - cam timing control motor, 3 - timing gear cover, 4 - timing chain cover, 5 - straight screw plug. a - service hole.

The cylinder head of the block is covered with alloy cover, provided with oil delivery pipe for the rockers lubrication.

Lubrication system

1 - VVT-iE controller, 2 - VVT-i controller, 3 - oil delivery pipe, 4 - chain tensioner, 5 - oil pressure control valve, 6 - oil pump, 7 - oil filter, 8 - oil strainer, 9 - oil nozzle 1, 10 - oil nozzle 2, 11 - oil cooler.

The main innovation is a variable-discharge oil pump - the second generation, with the principle of operation different from AR and ZR series.

Trochoidal pump is driven via an additional short chain. The ECM controls the pump operation by oil pressure control valve, depending on the engine temperature, speed and other parameters.

1 - spring, 2 - sleeve, 3 - valve, 4 - coil, 5 - plunger, 6 - yoke

Under the action of pressure in the control chamber, a regulator moves and changes the mutual position of the internal and external rotors, thereby achieving a smooth change of the oil charge volume.

1 - oil pump, 2 - oil pressure control valve. a - from oil pressure control valve, b - movement of oil pump regulator, c - to oil system, d - from oil strainer

1 - regulator, 2 - control chamber, 3 - rotor

The oil filter is installed horizontally at the engine front.It is a normal spin-on type filter, unlike the popular on previous engine generation but absolutely vicious "economical" replaceable paper cartridges.

1 - oil filter

Oil nozzles that lubricate and cool the pistons are provided (two oil nozzles for each, one of them with double sprayer). The oil to nozzles comes through check valves and built-in filters.

1 - oil nozzle, 2 - oil nozzle 2. b - filter

The oil level sensor is installed under the balancer module.

1 - oil level sensor

Optionally, a water oil cooler may be installed.

1 - oil cooler

Cooling system

1 - water inlet with thermostat, 2 - water pump, 3 - throttle body, 4 - EGR valve, 5 - EGR cooler, 6 - water by-pass outlet, 7 - flow shutting valve (heater), 8 - flow shutting valve (ATF), 9 - oil cooler. a - from radiator, b - to radiator, c - from heater, d - to heater, e - from transmission oil cooler, f - to transmission oil cooler.

A fundamentally new cooling system for Toyota - with an electric pump, electric thermostat and shut-off valves.

1 - radiator, 2 - reserve tank, 3 - water inlet with thermostat, 4 - water pump, 5 - cylinder block, 6 - cylinder head, 7 - EGR cooler, 8 - EGR valve, 9 - throttle body, 10 - flow shutting valve (heater), 11 - heater radiator, 12 - transmission oil cooler, 13 - flow shutting valve (ATF), 14 - oil cooler. a - upper water jacket, b - lower water jacket, c - sub-jacket, d - passage

The electric pump allows you to adjust the coolant flow at the discretion of ECM.

1 - water pump. b - stator, c - rotor, d - shaft

The accelerated warm-up function provides the fastest reaching of economical operation modes and is performed by two shut-off valves that can exclude the heater and the transmission oil cooler from the circulation.

1 - engine, 2 - flow shutting valve (heater) (closed), 3 - flow shutting valve (ATF) (closed), 4 - heater radiator, 5 - transmission oil cooler, 6 - water pump, 7 - water inlet with thermostat, 8 - radiator, 9 - flow shutting valve (heater) (open), 10 - flow shutting valve (ATF) (open). a - early warm-up, b - heater priority, c - output enhancement, d - max cool, e - when current is not applied to the thermostat with heater, coolant flow volume is increased, thus output is enhanced. additionally, applying current to the thermostat with heater decreases thermostat opening temperature, ensuring cooler efficiency, f - this discontinues coolant flow of the heater radiator unit sub-assembly, ensuring cooler efficiency, g - EGR cooler.

When the current is applied, the valve is held in the closed position. If the current is not applied and the pump is running, the valve opens under the force of the coolant flow and remains open until the flow stops.

1 - housing, 2 - spring, 3 - valve, 4 - core, 5 - coil, 6 - yoke

The nominal temperature of the thermostat opening is 80-84°C - so the new engines in Toyota's best traditions remained "cold", keeping this great advantage over the "hot" engines of the European makers.

The current supply to the thermostat heater allows to increase its opening under significant load conditions, lowering the temperature in advance and providing higher power output without the risk of detonation.

1 - heater, 2 - wax

The engines are equipped with separate fan motor control unit, which allows to adjust fan speed depending on the coolant temperature, refrigerant pressure, vehicle speed and engine speed. The fan - single, large diameter.

1 - radiator cap, 2 - fan shroud, 3 - cooling fan motor, 4 - fan, 5 - drain plug

Intake and exhaust

Previously the location of the intake and exhaust manifold of Toyota engines did not have an unambiguous logic, but DF concept specially stipulates exhaust at the bulkhead side.

A25A has traditional steel exhaust manifold with a built-in catalyst, equal length pipes and an EGR pipe. Downstream the second catalyst, pre- and main mufflers are located.

1 - exhaust manifold, 2 - heat insulator. a - TWC, b - EGR gas passage

1 - front exhaust pipe, 2 - center exhaust pipe, 3 - tail exhaust pipe. a - TWC, b - sub muffler, c - main muffler.

The intake is extremely simple, without any geometry change devices, with a traditional electronic throttle control (ETCS-i). A paper air filter with a microfibre layer can be supplemented with a carbon filter to trap hydrocarbon particles from the intake duct during parking. The inlet airpipe is equipped with a large resonator.

1 - inlet, 2 - air cleaner case, 3 - filter element, 4 - cap, 5 - carbon filter, 6 - mass air flow meter

EGR collector is integrated in the plastic intake manifold and distributes the exhaust gases evenly among the cylinders.

1 - intake manifold, 2 - gasket, 3 - throttle body, 4 - insulator. a - EGR delivery, b - EGR gas flow, c - blowby gas flow.

Fuel system (D-4S)

1 - ECM, 2 - fuel pressure sensor (high), 3 - fuel rail (high pressure), 4 - direct fuel injector, 5 - fuel delivery pipe with sensor (low pressure), 6 - port fuel injector, 7 - fuel pump ECU, 8 - fuel tank, 9 - fuel main valve (high pressure), 10 - fuel main valve assembly (low pressure), 11 - fuel filter, 12 - fuel pump (low pressure), 13 - fuel suction filter, 14 - fuel pump (high pressure), 15 - fuel sus filter, 16 - fuel pressure pulsation damper, 17 - spill control valve, 18 - check valve (60 kpa), 19 - fuel relief valve (26.4 MPa), 20 - exhaust camshaft.

Fuel injection - combined: directly in the combustion chamber and multipoint in the inlet ports. At low to medium loads - combined injection is applied - homogeneous mixture increases the stability of the combustion process and reduces emissions. Under a heavy load use direct fuel injection - the evaporation of the fuel in the cylinder filling mass improves and reduces the tendency to knock.

1 - injection in port, 2 - injection in cylinder + port, 3 - injection in cylinder.

- Stratified combustion mode. Fuel is supplied in the intake ports on the exhaust stroke. On the intake stroke after the opening of the valves in the cylinder receives a homogeneous lean mixture. At the end of the compression stroke, additional fuel is injected directly into the cylinder, allowing to enrich the mixture near the spark plug. This facilitates the initial ignition, is then distributed on the all lean mixture charge in the remaining volume of the combustion chamber. This mode is applied after a cold start to retard ignition timing and to increase the exhaust gas temperature for accelerate catalyst warming up.

- Homogenous mixture mode. Fuel is supplied in the intake ports on the expansion, exhaust and intake strokes. At the beginning of the intake stroke, additional fuel is injected directly into the cylinder and evenly mixed with the incoming charge. Homogeneous air-fuel mixture is compressed and then ignited. Due to the evaporation of injected fuel, air charge in the cylinder is cooled improves cylinder filling.

Fuel pump (LP) delivers fuel from the tank at a pressure of 300-530 kPa to the injection pump and to LP injectors. The pump is controlled by ECM via a separate control unit. The pump control unit with PWM provides stepless adjustment of the pump speed, providing the required amount of supply. An additional function is to turn off the pump when any of the airbags are activated.

1 - fuel pump (low pressure), 2 - fuel filter, 3 - fuel main valve (high pressure), 4 - fuel main valve (low pressure), 5 - fuel suction filter.

Injection pump (HP) - single-plunger with control valve, relief valve, check valve and pulsation damper at inlet. Mounted on the valve cover and driven by 4-lobes cam of the camshaft. The fuel pressure is regulated in the range 2.4..20 MPa depending on the driving conditions.

1 - spill control valve, 2 - roller lifter, 3 - fuel injector (high pressure), 4 - fuel rail (high pressure), 5 - fuel pressure sensor (high pressure), 6 - fuel tank, 7 - fuel main valve (high pressure), 8 - fuel main valve (low pressure), 9 - fuel filter, 10 - fuel pump (low pressure), 11 - fuel suction filter, 12 - fuel pump (high pressure), 13 - fuel sus filter, 14 - fuel pressure pulsation damper, 15 - plunger, 16 - check valve (60 kpa), 17 - fuel relief valve (26.4 mpa), 18 - exhaust camshaft. a - low-pressure fuel, b - high-pressure fuel, c - to fuel delivery pipe with sensor (low pressure), d - fuel pipe (HP).

- At inlet stroke the plunger moves downward and fuel draws into the pumping chamber.
- At the beginning of the compression stroke part of the fuel is returned while control valve is open (the specified fuel pressure is set).
- At the end of the compression stroke control valve is closed and the pressurized fuel through the check valve is supplied into the fuel rail.

Fuel rail (HP) - steel stamped, a pressure sensor provides feedback to ECU. The injectors are held by spring holders that reduce vibration and do not allow them to move during start-up (when the pressure in the cylinder is higher than the fuel pressure in the rail).

1 - high-pressure fuel pipe, 2 - fuel rail (high pressure), 3 - fuel pressure sensor (high pressure), 4 - nozzle holder clamp, 5 - direct fuel injector.

Fuel rail (LP) - steel stamped, its walls themselves serve as fuel pressure pulsation damper. The pressure sensor is installed in the rail.

1 - fuel delivery pipe with sensor (low pressure), 2 - port fuel injector

Injectors (HP) - with a 6-point sprayer, inject fuel into cylinders as complex shaped torch for maximum atomization of gasoline. Sealing teflon (PTFE) rings further reduce vibration.

Injectors (LP) - with a long 10-point sprayer that delivers fuel into the air stream and minimizes fuel impact to the walls.

Control system

The set of electronic components of A25A not much differs from previous engines.
- Mass air flow sensor (MAF) - "hot wire" type, combined with the intake temperature sensor.
- Throttle - fully electronically controlled (ETCS): DC motor, dual-channel non-contact position sensor (Hall effect).
- Accelerator pedal position sensor - dual-channel non-contact (Hall effect).
- Knock sensors - "flat" wideband piezoelectric.
- Oil pressure sensor - really "sensor", not a simple two-position switch.
- Fuel pressure sensors - for high and low pressure circuits.
- Vacuum sensor.

1 - ignition coil, 2 - port fuel injector, 3 - fuel pressure sensor (high pressure), 4 - knock sensor, 5 - water inlet with thermostat, 6 - throttle body, 7 - crankshaft position sensor, 8 - flow shutting valve (ATF), 9 - engine coolant temperature sensor, 10 - EVAP purge VSV, 11 - flow shutting valve (heater), 12 - fuel pump (high pressure), 13 - camshaft position sensor (intake), 14 - fuel pressure sensor (low pressure), 15 - camshaft position sensor (exhaust)

1 - vacuum sensor, 2 - VVT-iE controller, 3 - VVT-i valve, 4 - temperature sensor, 5 - oil pressure sender gauge, 6 - oil pressure control valve, 7 - water pump, 8 - direct fuel injector, 9 - EGR valve.

1 - EGR valve, 2 - intake manifold, 3 - EGR delivery chamber, 4 - vacuum sensor, 4 - crank position sensor, 5 - throttle body, 6 - egr cooler, 7 - engine coolant temperature sensor, 8 - EVAP purge VSV

Oxygen sensors - both air-fuel ratio sensor (AFS, 89467-) - planar upstream and cup-type downstream (different heater type).

1 - air fuel ratio sensor (planar), 2 - cover, 3 - alumina, 4 - platinum electrode, 5 - sensor (zirconia), 6 - heater. a - atmosphere, b - coating (ceramic)

1 - air fuel ratio sensor (cup), 2 - cover, 3 - heater, 4 - platinum electrode, 5 - sensor (zirconia). a - atmosphere, b - coating (ceramic)

Active mounts - are used to reduce engine vibrations. ECM regulates vacuum supply to them by VSV. When VSV is ON - no vacuum applied to the mounts, the diaphragm is closed, the fluid moves through the free channels. When VSV is OFF - the vacuum is applied to the mounts, the diaphragm opens, the fluid moves through the blocked channels.

1 - ECM, 2 - VSV, 3 - vacuum pump, 4 - engine, 5 - front engine mounting insulator, 6 - rear engine mounting insulator. a - idle orifice, b - lock-up orifice, c - diaphragm.


PCV (crankcase ventilation) - with a special separator, which should make oil separation more efficient and reduce the oil deterioration. PCV valve is built-in between the cylinder head and the intake manifold to rid of the extra vacuum hose.

1 - ventilation hose 2, 2 - PCV valve, 3 - ventilation case 1, 4 - intake manifold.

1 - air cleaner hose 1, 2 - intake manifold, 3 - ventilation hose 2, 4 - cylinder head cover, 5 - cylinder head, 6 - cylinder block, 7 - crankcase, 8 - oil pan, 9 - ventilation case 1, 10 - PCV valve. a - fresh air, b - blowby gas + fresh air, c - blowby gas.

EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) - inevitable evil, which serves (in theory) to lower the combustion temperature and to reduce the nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gas, but in practice it provides only common problems with carbon deposits in the intake paths and on the valves. Soon let's see whether it is possible to shut off it without consequences (at least, there is no feedback by EGR temperature sensor here).

1 - EGR valve, 2 - EGR cooler

The gases taken out downstream the catalyst pass through the channel in the cylinder head to the cooler and then to the valve. The EGR valve (also water-cooled) is driven by a stepper motor.

Then the gases flow to the EGR manifold, which evenly delivers gases into each cylinder.

1 - intake manifold, 2 - EGR pipe, 3 - EGR valve, 4 - EGR cooler.

• The system is a • EVAP (fuel evaporation) system - rather complicated, the similar one previously used only for North American market. It can be attributed as 6th generation of Toyota EVAP - with ORVR function, a vapor pressure sensor, a leakage control pump and other unnecessary elements.

7 - fuel tank, 8 - canister filter, 9 - canister pump module (vent valve, leak detection pump, canister pressure sensor), 10 - canister. a - purge air line, b - fresh air line

Ignition system

DIS-4 type (separate ignition coil with built-in igniter for each cylinder). The basic ignition timing is -4° to 40° BTDC, at starting is fixed at 5° BTDC.

1 - igniter, 2 - primary coil, 3 - iron core, 4 - secondary coil, 5 - plug cap

Spark plugs - Denso FC16HR-Q8 - "thin" (reduced thread diameter), central electrode tip made of iridium alloy, ground electrode with platinum coating, extended threaded part (Long Reach).

1 - insulator, 2 - iridium tip, 3 - platinum tip

Starting system

1.3 kW starter with a planetary gear is used.

Charging system

100 A (1200 W) alternator with segment coil is used.

The electric water pump was applied, so the accessories drive is very simplified. The belt adjusting - by automatic tensioner. Alternator split-pulley contains a spring to to reduce the torsional vibrations.

1 - generator, 2 - tensioner, 3 - crankshaft, 4 - A/C compressor.

Practice - forecast

The renowned reliability of Toyota engines is built entirely on simple solutions, archaic designs and proven technologies. Departure from these rules in most cases leads to sad results.

A25A look like a successor to very successful 2AR-FE, but after evaluating of the used solutions and "improvements" it can be guaranteed - the new engine will not be so reliable and trouble-free.

M20A-FKS (2.0 D-4S)

2.0 engines are not yet installed on commercial vehicles now, but based on the data presented by Toyota - they are mostly similar to 2.5.

One of the notable innovations is the laser notch on the working surface of the piston skirts.

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