Next-Gen Toyota Camry Likely to Ditch V6 for Turbo Four

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Next-Gen Toyota Camry Likely to Ditch V6 for Turbo Four

Toyota is pushing to lead the fuel economy race with an all-new new engine family, and the Camry will be the first non-hybrid car to reap the benefits. 

As part of these sweeping changes coming to the brand’s powertrain lineup, the next-generation Camry is likely to ditch its naturally aspirated V6 in favor of a small displacement turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The Japanese automaker’s long-term goal is to improve fuel economy by up to 30 percent while cutting costs on key components by up to 50 percent. Most recently, the company introduced a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Lexus NX 200t with 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

SEE ALSO: Toyota Developing Cheaper, More Efficient Engine Family

It is likely a similar powerplant will replace the Toyota Camry’s V6 for the sedan’s next generation, which could come as soon as 2016. The next-generation Camry will be the first vehicle to get the company’s full Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) treatment, complete with a new platform and engine. Toyota has a hurdle however, to see if American consumers will accept the idea of a turbo-four engine instead of the more traditional V6.

“Eventually we think this is where the technology is going, but right now we don’t know what the reaction of U.S. customers will be,” said Koei Saga, Toyota’s senior managing officer in charge of powertrain development. “So probably right up until the last moment, we will have to be ready with both and watch customer feedback.”

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[Source: Automotive News]

Discuss this story at our Toyota Forum

  • Keep_Calm_And_Deadpool

    Not that I would buy one in the first place, but putting in a 4-banger and slapping on a turbo doesn’t sound appealing. Would personally start looking at comparable cars that have the V6, like the Accord.

  • Honest Abe

    The Accord will probably make the switch 6 months later. Face it, the V6 is dead.

  • Sc

    Not much of a surprise. Hyundai switched like 5 years ago…

  • Honest Abe

    Yes, the Japanese are certainly slow to adapt to new technology.

  • Keep_Calm_And_Deadpool

    What new technology!? Bolting a turbo on a V4!? Thats not new at all. If anything the Honda has newer tech than Toyota and Hyundai. Also the V6 is not dead, maybe the V8’s but not the V6’s, what kind of logic are you using!?!?

  • SpOOns

    wtf is a v4? lol

  • Keep_Calm_And_Deadpool

    Wow, typo, simmer down.

  • Felix James

    True, but the fuel economy promises by Hyundai turned out to be lies.

  • MarcusSlater

    I’m convinced that 90% of the people who are buying Camry’s will not care about this at all. As long as the power and mileage per gallon are still there (and Consumer Reports doesn’t dump all over it) there’ll be no issue.

  • Rickers

    True. But there is a potential for issues with a turbo engine. Still, with Toyota coming so late to the game, they’ve probably made sure it’s solid.

  • Hakeem

    I’m on the fence about this, I haven’t been ever a big fan of turbos even on newer models, so I kind of hope they keep the V6 as an option, but admittedly the 2.0 liter turbo on the Lexus NX sounds like it is very nice. All the reviews I’ve seen about it so far say it has a really nice pick up with the torque and there isn’t much turbo lag, and that is pushing a crossover, so perhaps it will be quite nice in the new Camry.

  • Lee Vang

    I really hope this article is wrong and Toyota and Honda keep a V6 option on their Camry and Accords.

  • Darren Cataford

    The majority of midsize car sales in the U.S. come from four-cylinder models, so Toyota will probably use the turbo four as a “middle ground” that sits between the naturally aspirated 2.5 I4 and 3.5 V6 in order to target buyers who need something more than the base engine but don’t want the lower fuel economy and higher insurance rates from a V6.

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