Is There Evidence of a Next-Generation Toyota Camry Turbo?
More and more of an emphasis is being placed on fuel economy ratings with the impending changes to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program. This has led automakers to explore alternative means of boosting fuel efficiency in their most popular vehicles. When you opt for the Toyota brand, you will already find an extensive selection of hybrid-powered vehicles including the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid in addition to variable valve timing technology, Atkinson cycle engines and efficient continuously variable transmissions. All of these elements come together in the Toyota model lineup to provide frugal fuel efficiency numbers. An additional avenue to achieve improved efficiency is by employing smaller-displacement, turbocharged engines and many drivers want to know — is there evidence of a next-generation Toyota Camry turbo?
Before going into detail about a new Toyota Camry turbo, we would like to explain the reasoning behind this potential new powertrain. Recent government mandates have dictated that automakers must achieve new, higher standards in average fuel economy. While these regulations are targeted primarily at corporate fleet vehicles and are based on size, they will have an impact on the fuel efficiency numbers you find in your own vehicle. Current standards maintain that vehicles must reach an average of 29 mpg with a gradual increase to 35.5 mpg by 2016 and an amazing 54.5 mpg by 2025.
As we mentioned previously, Toyota models have deployed countless measures to improve fuel economy, but there has not been a turbocharged Toyota since the Toyota Supra in the 90’s. Recent evidence suggests that this may change with the next-generation Toyota Camry benefiting from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The current 2015 Toyota Camry having recently undergone a redesign offers a four-cylinder platform and an extremely popular 269-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 248 pound-feet of torque.
Many automotive experts expect the six-cylinder Camry variant to be replaced with the 2.0-liter turbo-four found under the hood of the Toyota-manufactured Lexus NX 200t crossover and the new 2016 Lexus IS 200t Sport. Under the hood of the larger Lexus-brand crossover, the 2.0-liter turbo makes a thrilling 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in addition to 28 mpg on the highway. New Lexus IS 200t Sport editions employ the same platform, yielding a fun-to-drive 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
When initially faced with the question — is there evidence of a next-generation Toyota Camry turbo — we had our doubts. With a little exploration, however, it seems perfectly reasonable to expect a new turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood of the next-gen 2017 Toyota Camry. We can’t wait to see what the future has to offer for this best-selling Toyota sedan and most of all, we can’t wait to get behind the wheel. Keep an eye on the official Gale Toyota Blog for more information on upcoming Toyota models and features