The 2018 Camry was built using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which gives the auto a more dynamic, athletic and fun-to-drive character.
The team, fortunately, was never just going to settle for subtle nips and tucks; CEO Akio Toyoda has demanded more adventurous, stirring designs across the board as part of his aim to purge the boring cars from Toyota Motor Corporation's lineup. But, based on the level of improvement we've seen in the latest, fourth-generation Prius-the only model with that platform to make it to production so far-we'll take it seriously.
"The collaboration between Calty Design Group and TRD has produced a NASCAR Camry that showcases aggressive styling that is sure to turn heads on the race track and among our fans in Toyota showrooms across the country".
The company unveiled two new Camry variants that Toyoda described as "Sexy and Really Sexy". For example, the roof is now 1.6 inches lower than on the current auto. Featuring a much sleeker profile than before, the Camry's hood, shoulder line and roofline were lowered for improved aerodynamics and aesthetics. Toyota also notes the Camry's logo has been redesigned. Select models will also get a standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Thin multi-color taillights and a redesigned Camry nameplate are created to convey an upscale identity. The top-end trim levels come with 19-inch black machined-finish alloys.
The threat anxious the Japanese auto industry, and Toyota's share price fell on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The interior gets soft-touch materials and other premium-looking upgrades compared to the last model. Cars with the V-6 have a new navigation system with improved map accuracy, Toyota says. Rear seat space is said to be more accommodating than the previous Camry.
A new hybrid system features a new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine conneted to a continousouly-variable transmission (CVT) that features a Sport Mode allowing the driver to execute simulated "gear" changes.
There's a lot that Toyota hasn't said about the 2018 Camry.
On the entertainment front, the auto is equipped with Toyota's all-new Entune 3.0 infotainment system with optional accessories like JBL audio system, ten-inch head-up display and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
Auto123 reported that the Camry model will have three power trains. The company does confirm that the battery is relocated from beneath the trunk to under the rear seat, helping to better center and balance the car's weight.
Sandy Lobenstein, vice president of Connected Services and Product Planning for Toyota Motor Corp., North America, told Radio World the third-generation of Toyota's Entune connected vehicle system will add enhanced navigation, control options and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity to Entune systems installed in the Camry. The nose in the regular model (the red one in the accompanying pictures) has a racy appearance, while the hybrid version leans more on the classy side with no mesh grille. The design showed an aerodynamic feature with a promising driving character with its new chassis.
Expect more info to hit the pages of AutoGuide.com as the Camry gets closer to launch. In addition to the car's standard reversing camera, Toyota Safety Sense adds full-speed-range dynamic cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.
The car's 2.5L direct-injected inline 4-cyl.is all-new, Toyota says, replacing a 2.5L 4-cyl. without DI.