Toyota’s next-generation Camry could bring more than just new looks and a new platform to the party, if a new report this week proves accurate.
Expected to appear in 2017 – in time for a local debut to coincide with the end of Toyota’s Australian manufacturing operations – the new Camry will replace the facelifted model that launched here in April.
Toyota has already confirmed that all future models will be built off its new NGA modular architecture, promising a more cost-effective production schedule and a number of new technologies. Specific details, however, have yet to be confirmed.
This week, overseas industry journal Automotive News reports that the new Camry could debut with a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, matched to a CVT automatic transmission in place of the current six-speed torque-converter auto.
The new powertrain, likely the same new 175kW/350Nm unit that debuted with the Lexus NX 200t, could replace the 200kW/336Nm 3.5-litre V6 option in the US market’s version of the Camry as part of a push for improved fuel consumption and emissions figures.
In Australia, the Camry has not seen a V6 option since the mid-2000s, with the Aurion filling that role in the years since.
Toyota Australia has previously said that it intends to import both the Camry and Aurion beyond 2017, however it is possible that the Aurion could be dropped in favour of a two-pronged Camry assault: naturally-aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinder engines.
Such a move would see the Camry more directly rival the likes of Ford’s Mondeo, Hyundai’s Sonata and the incoming new Kia Optima, all of which can be had in regular and turbocharged four-cylinder form.
It is likewise possible that the Aurion will carry on, offered either with the current V6 strategy or with this new four-cylinder turbo approach, again setting it apart from the less powerful Camry.
Automotive News adds that the base four-cylinder engine could also be in for some key upgrades, including a switch to the Atkinson cycle and a CVT auto, again with a view to finding efficiency improvement.
All of this will be wrapped up in the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), designed to be lighter, stronger and more efficiently manufactured.
Still, while Toyota has offered up key details on the NGA platform, it remains to be seen if these latest whispers of a turbocharged Camry (or Aurion) will prove true.