Toyota and Lexus are planning big moves over the next few years.
Good news! Even as Ford prepares to exit "traditional sedan" segments with GM trailing not far behind, Toyota is doubling down on its US-market car offerings, with an informed insider revealing that the Toyota Camry will be refreshed this fall for the 2021 model year, ahead of a complete redesign for 2024. Toyota will show the Avalon some love, too, giving the larger sedan a facelift for the 2022 model year.
Those are just some of the things revealed to Motor1 by a well-placed insider, who was privy to an internal product plan presentation and got the skinny on most everything that Toyota and Lexus have planned for the mid-term future.
In addition to the aforementioned Toyota Camry and Avalon updates, Toyota is said to be working on a Corolla Cross - a crossover-inspired version of the compact Corolla sedan. It's slated to start production in September of next year at the joint Toyota-Mazda production plant being erected in Alabama.
Of greater interest to enthusiasts will be the news that the Toyota 86 has been green-lit for a second generation, to be released alongside a new Subaru BRZ in July, 2021 as a 2022-model-year vehicle. It will have improved interior materials, and it's believed that it will deliver approximately 255 horsepower from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
As for the Lexus brand, the GS is set to be retired soon, while the LS and ES will receive facelifts for the 2022 model year. Toyota and Lexus are looking to eliminate V8s in cars costing less than $90,000, but the Lexus LC-F will debut a new twin-turbocharged V8 in 2022.
There's going to be plenty of action in the crossover and SUV segments, as well, with Toyota planning to bring out a new Venza mid-size crossover in the fourth quarter of this year, and a refreshed RAV4 for the 2022 model year. The Sequoia and 4Runner will both be redesigned in 2022 for the 2023 model year, and Toyota is reportedly still considering whether to build the latter model in North America.
Meanwhile, the Land Cruiser will drop all luxury pretense and be redesigned as a 5-seater only, with a "serious" off-road focus.
As for Lexus, the luxury brand is planning a 2021 facelift of the subcompact UX crossover for 2022, a 2021 redesign of the mid-size RX for 2022 with the aim of making it a "much better-executed three-row," and a 2023 launch date for an all-new full-size GX. The biggest moves will be made with the compact NX and full-size LX, though, with the former slated to get a 2.5L plug-in-hybrid powertrain with 40 miles of electric range when it's redesigned in the fall of 2021, and the latter to represent a "huge departure" with significantly more luxury content when it's released in 2022.
Finally, regarding trucks, Toyota will launch a completely redesigned Tundra in December of next year, utilizing a twin-turbo V6 as its range-topping engine, and a redesign of the Tacoma is scheduled for 2024.
Some caution is warranted with each of these revelations, as we weren't privy to the same product presentation and can't vouch for their accuracy. But if all of this is true, the Toyota lineup will see plenty of action in the coming years.