According to a report by Automotive News, Toyota could replace the V6 engine offered on several Toyota and Lexus models. As a result the current V6 engine offered in the Camry could be replaced with a new 4-cylinder Turbocharged unit featured in the recently introduced 2016 Lexus IS.
The 3.5 liter V6 that produces 268 hp and 336 Nm of torque in the current car will be replaced by a 2.0 liter twin-scroll turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that produces 241 hp and 350 Nm of torque. However the base 4-cylinder engine will continue to be naturally aspirated and will benefit from the new Atkinson Cycle technology, which leads to more efficient combustion, paired to a CVT transmission.
The report also suggested that Toyota is said to take a more measured approach to the introduction of new technologies on its engines. Andrew Coetzee, Toyota’s group vice president for product planning stated that “The powertrain is still an area where we see ourselves as being able to squeeze out a significant amount of efficiency.”
The move to Turbocharging will primarily be focused on enhancing fuel economy and complying with stricter emission standards. The big three manufacturers from Japan namely Toyota, Honda and Nissan have offered many models that topped their respective segments for fuel efficiency in the past. However older technologies employed by the brands have begun to reach their efficiency limits and to keep pace with the rivals, the Japanese manufacturers have been planning changes over the next five years the report added.
[Source – Automotive News]