The 2018 Toyota Camry is expected to get a radical new look — and this could be our best glimpse of it yet.
Depending on who you ask, the Toyota Camry is either an amazing appliance, or just boring old sedan. Either way, it’s been one of the best selling vehicles on the market since it was introduced over three decades ago. Now, it looks like it could be in for a radical update.
Based on some previous spy shots (pictured), and a leaked photo of the NASCAR racing version, one artist went to work on rendering his vision of the new Camry, given the vague detail available to us under all that camo. The most noticeable new feature being the aggressive front end — a far cry from the Camry we’ve come to know and love/hate.
The hood slopes down to form a point, and exposes a gaping grille almost reminiscent of its Lexus siblings. Its saving grace, a set of vents on either side that offset the new fascia, and some sloped headlights giving it a more assertive appearance. The rear also gives off a unique look, similar to a four-door coupe, and features quad exhaust tips (at least in spy shots).
Apart from an all-new design, reports point to a pair of new engines as well. A 2.5-litre four-cylinder would likely be offered as the base, running on the Atkinson cycle to increase fuel economy, while a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder option will likely also be offered. No word on whether the V6 will carry over, but Toyota is expected to continue to offer the hybrid powertrain.
Of course, it’s all still speculation at this point. What we do know for sure is that the new Camry is expected to go on sale for the 2018 model year, with a debut expected early in 2017, possibly at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Only time will tell.
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