Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Manufacturer Press | posted July 29, 2015 08:55
Models such as Toyota Camry to possibly get 2.0-liter inline-4 to replace 3.5-liter V6
Toyota's renowned midsize sedan, the Camry, will soon be driven by a turbocharged powerplant as the company, along with fellow automakers Honda and Nissan, will reportedly introduce new models fitted with turbocharged engines in the near future.
Japan's 'Big 3' made the move to apply turbochargers on some of their best-selling nameplates as each brand's technological efficiency have already reached their limits. Moreover, the shift into the application of turbo engines also means that the companies will be able to keep up with competitors and regulation.
According to Automotive News, Toyota plans to discontinue its 3.5-liter V6 engine and replace it with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. This will be done for the Camry as well as several Lexus and Toyota nameplates as well. The company will however retain the use of their traditional inline-fours but will further refine it with better fuel injection technology, improved combustion and a wider application of CVTs.
Honda will soon launch a turbocharged nameplate with the soon-to-be released 2016 Civic. First previewed back in April with a concept model, it is slated to be revealed in fall in the US and will debut with a 1.5-liter Earth Dreams VTEC turbocharged inline-four.
Nissan on the other hand already has a turbocharged Sylphy currently on sale in some markets like Thailand and Singapore. The 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four is derived from the Nissan Juke and produces 190 PS along with 240 Nm of torque. The company still continues to improve the efficiency of their CVTs though they also plan to install turbochargers for their other models in the future (not counting turbo-diesel pickups). In the meantime, they are focused on using direct injection technology.
The big changes are expected to arrive over the next 5 years.
Source: Automotive News