Crossovers are continuing to gain popularity all over the world. As this happens, sales of hatchbacks, mid-size sedans and other small cars are continuing to plummet. However, some models are putting up a fierce fight to remain relevant in the rapidly changing automotive environment. One such model is the Toyota Camry. The model has managed to remain popular despite the unforgiving onslaught by crossovers. Last year, the model sold over 429,000 units which made it the best selling passenger car in the US as well as the best selling Toyota model in the states. To maintain the good sales, Toyota is working on a new Camry and already spy photographers have captured the new model undergoing testing but under heavy camouflage. Read along to find out what we have managed to gather concerning the new 2018 Toyota Camry:
2018 Toyota Camry Exterior
According to credible reports, the 2018 Toyota Camry will be based on the TNGA modular platform; the same platform that underpins the 2016 Toyota Prius. Although the exterior dimensions of the Camry are expected to carry over unchanged, the new Camry will weigh a lot lighter than the current model due to extensive use of lightweight materials such as aluminum and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic surfaces. This will boost the sedan’s performance and help improve its fuel economy ratings.
The prototype we captured doing testing runs looks more aggressive. At the front, it features a wider and sharper grille flanked by LED headlights. Some chrome edges emerge from the outer parts of the headlight housings and stretch inwards to its emblem. The air intake is slimmer.
A character line emerges from the intakes and stretches rearwards over the front fenders along the lower part of the doors which gives the sedan a sportier appearance. Its side mirrors are mounted on front doors. The sedan also features a low, broad chin. The model also features a dropped shoulder line beneath its larger side windows. The lower shoulder extends backwards. Its C-pillars and roof drop down to a flat but tapering trunk. Its LED taillights look similar to those on the Avalon.
Due to the heavy camouflage on the test mule, it is unable to tell how the Camry will look like. As it is, the Camry is one of the leading mid-size sedans so I don’t expect many changes as Toyota will not want to mess with a good thing and risk losing its market share. Make sure to come back for more information when the model nears its on-sale date.
2018 Toyota Camry Interior
Due to the heavy camouflage, our photographers were unable to capture any images of the Camry’s cabin. I believe Toyota will revamp the cabin to look more stylish, comfortable and luxurious as opposed to being just convenient and functional. Expect an infotainment system hosted in a bigger touchscreen mounted on the center console. Expect a TFT instrument display mounted on the dash to be on offer.
The model will also feature a premium sound system. Connectivity features like Bluetooth and Smartphone integration that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be on offer. USB ports and AUX inputs will also be available. The model will also feature a host of autonomous features like blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, parking assist, ABS among others.
Engine and performance
We have had no official confirmations on the drive-trains that will power the 2018 Toyota Camry as this writing. Most likely, the automaker will retain the current lineup of engines and tune them for more power output. The automaker has not received many complaints about the current engines so there is no pressure to hook the model with new mills.
Thus, the 2018 Camry is likely to feature a tweaked version of the current naturally aspirated 2.5 L, 4-cylinder engine for the base trim. A 2.0 L turbocharged engine similar to the one on the Lexus NX200 is likely to replace the current 3.5 L, V-6 as the most powerful mill in the lineup. The turbocharged engine will likely produce more than 268 hp the current V-6 makes.
The Camry will also be offered in a hybrid drive-train for the more environment-conscious buyers. The hybrid drive-train will combine the 2.5 L, 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor.
All engines will likely be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that drives the current models.
Price and release date
The Toyota Camry is a 2018 model car; thus, it is way too early to expect official prices from Toyota. Rumor has it that the model will be released in the second half of 2017. To remain competitive, Toyota is unlikely to hike the 2018 Camry’s price.
Therefore, expect the model’s price to range from around $25,000 to $35,000. Due to its popularity in the US, the model might be showcased at one International shows early next year before production models are delivered to dealerships later in the year.
Top competitors of the Toyota Camry include the Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Mazda 6 and Chevrolet Malibu.