America's best-selling sedan just got better.
This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the most hotly-anticipated Detroit Auto Show debut is finally here. Sarcasm aside, Toyota says that its new Camry is the most aggressive, most advanced model the company has ever built – and we have reason to believe it.
The eighth-generation of America’s best-selling sedan has received a serious makeover, from top to bottom. Putting to use the Toyota New Global Architecture (or TNGA), it’s more "athletic, and fun to drive" than any model before it, says the company.
The wheelbase sees an extension of two inches (50.8 millimetres), bringing to total length to 191.3 inches (4,859 mm), while the lower roofline and hood have been dropped about one inch (25 mm) and 1.5 inches (38.1 mm), respectively. The seating position is lower too, the total height of the vehicle measuring in at just 56.7 inches (1,440 mm), and the cabin is more tailored to the driver. All that added athleticism pairs to an assortment of new and improved engines.
A 3.5-litre V6 with D-4S Fuel Injection sits at the top of the range. Down the line, a 2.5-litre engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while an available hybrid model pairs that same 2.5-litre engine to the company’s new hybrid system – or as it’s so cleverly named, the next-gen Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) – and a CVT.
Though performance figures remain a mystery, Toyota is pretty confident that its new Camry Hybrid will achieve best-in-class ratings over competitors like the Honda Accord, of which the 2017 model has fuel economy of 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres city, 5.1 L/100 km highway, and 5.0 L/100 km combines. Official details on horsepower and fuel economy should be released soon after the debut, if we’re lucky.
Apart from the new platform and new range of engines, the Camry gets a suite of standard safety features like pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, and lane departure alert with steering assist. For a few bucks extra, buyers can tack on things like a blind spot mirror with rear cross traffic alert, intelligent clearance sonar, and even a bird’s-eye view camera with perimeter scan.
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The new Camry will come in five trims when it goes on sale: L, LE, XLE, SE and XSE, with the optional "Sport" package available for SE and XSE trims. The added "Sport" pacakge will supposedly give the exterior a more sculpted look with add-ons like 19-inch black alloy wheels, a subtle rear spoiler lip, aggressive bumpers, front and rear, and an integrated lower diffuser on the front fascia.
Toyota says that the 2018 Camry was designed to be "more distinctive" than other Camrys before it, and should be "instantly recognizable… from as far as 200 yards away." The sporty new sedan will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show before it goes on sale later this summer.