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The four-cylinder would replace the Camry's 3.5-liter V6.

A new report finds Toyota will offer the Camry with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the not-too-distant future.

The downsized turbo four will replace the top-spec Camry's 3.5-liter V6, a mill that makes 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft. of torque. The four debuted last year under the hood of the Lexus NX, and it was added to the IS lineup a couple of days ago. It is tuned to deliver 241 ponies and 258 lb-ft. of twist, though how much power it will make under the hood of the Camry is anyone's guess.

In the IS, the 2.0-liter is exclusively available with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Of course, the Camry will come with front-wheel drive, but it is too early to tell whether it will gain a new eight-speed or continue to use a six-speed automatic.

Adopting a turbocharged engine and, potentially, an eight-speed automatic transmission will make the Camry noticeably more efficient.

"The powertrain is still an area where we see ourselves as being able to squeeze out a significant amount of efficiency," revealed Andrew Coetzee, Toyota's group vice president for product planning, in an interview with trade journal Automotive News.

It's not too far-fetched to speculate that the turbo four will arrive in time for the 2017 model year.

Photos by Mark Elias.