Word in the pipeline via AutomotiveNews is that Toyota could be dropping the beloved V6 for the Camry in 2016 to make way for a turbocharged four-banger.
Recently, Toyota revealed their first new turbocharged four for the new era, which will first see duty on the incoming 2015 Lexus NX200t, capable of 228hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That new mill could apparently find its way into the Camry in place of the 3.5L V6. This is a pretty significant change since Toyota, despite their leadership with hybrid vehicles and increasing fuel economy, is one of the last few users of the V6 engine, particularly in the midsize family sedan segment, where four-cylinder engines, both naturally-aspirated and turbocharged, are reigning superior in terms of sales.
Though despite the influx of four-bangers, the V6 still remains to be a recognized choice for the Camry and even buyers of the automaker’s popular family sedan might not approve of the disappearance of the 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,” Toyota’s senior management, Koei Saga, told AN. “So probably right up until the last moment, we will have to be ready with both and watch customer feedback.”
Do you think Toyota retiring the V6 for the Camry is a good plan of action? Let us know in the comments. We definitely don’t want to see it go.