Leaked: Toyota Product Timeline, Other Juicy Tidbits
Here’s a change of pace: something to look forward to! In this instance, it’s a bevy of Toyota products poised to spring forth after this virus thing shuffles beneath the banner of “bad memory.”
The brand that’s shown no shortage of initiative in recent years plans to continue its new product flow, this time focusing more on trucks than cars.
Instagram account Allcarnews, the source of several big-ticket product leaks in recent months, claims to have the goods on what’s to come from Toyota. Sadly, no pictures, but maybe you’re interested in hearing about the GR86?
What’s that, you ask? A second-generation 86 is on the way, and with it a new Subaru BRZ twin. Allcarnews claims the first-gen GT86 (as it’s called in Europe) will give way to the GR86, and product plans reveal the model will finally get a much-rumored addition: power. The powerplant beneath the little rear-drive coupe’s hood is said to be a turbocharged unit making 255 horses. If that sounds like Subaru’s new 2.4-liter Boxer engine, you’re bang on. “GR,” of course, signifies Toyota’s Gazoo Racing sub-brand.
Expect to see the GR86 bow in July 2021. That same year is said to bring a refresh for the stalwart Camry, still holding its own in a troubled segment on the strength of its name recognition, and a new Lexus IS. The GS sedan is apparently as good as dead, which comes as no surprise to any Toyota watcher.
Two oddball details exist in the documents, and both are unconfirmed: a Corolla-badged crossover (lifted AWD hatch?) due next year, and the return of the crossover-like Venza. Remember the Venza? It’s not an unpleasant memory. How a similar model would fit into the present lineup, however, is unclear. In the past, Toyota has expressed interest in the idea of fielding two models in the same segment — so long as that segment sells.
As for trucks, the high-flying Tacoma will apparently see a new iteration for 2024, but not before the bulk of Toyota’s truck lineup undergo its own revamp.
The ancient, full-size Tundra, widely expected to undergo radical changes within the next 12 months, will be all-new for the 2021 model year. Gone is the model’s standard V8 power, replaced with a sole twin-turbocharged hybrid V6. This is in line with what we’ve been hearing for months. The plans supposedly say the truck will ride atop a version of Toyota’s TNGA architecture, this one carrying the moniker TNGA-F.
We await rear suspension details…
From that platform, a new Sequoia, 4Runner, and Lexus LX will allegedly spring forth in 2022, with the latter model bringing extra plushness and power to the table. Again, we’ve seen evidence of this. In 2023, Lexus’ volume-leading RX crossover and older-than-Bob Dole GX SUV are said to undergo full revamps; in the case of the latter model, it’s long past due.
Elsewhere in the automaker’s stable, the surprisingly strong-selling NX crossover will receive a new platform and probably a little extra bulk in the near future. The LS and ES sedans will see a styling refresh for 2022, and the second-generation Toyota Mirai will also don a Lexus badge, forming a replacement for the outgoing GX. That’s a head scratcher, as the Mirai is a low-volume hydrogen fuel cell vehicle sold in California. If Toyota can outfit it with a conventional electric motor/battery pack combo, there could be some usefulness to the idea.
Once again, these details are all unconfirmed. One hopes this deluge of details put your mind at rest for just a brief moment.
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