Toyota sells more than 400,000 Camry units each year so it is easy to see why they hate change. The previous model, and the one before it, are just mild updates that are meant to give people a car that is easy to drive, reliable and cheap. However, times change and there are now a lot more competitors in its class. Because of that, it seems that the upcoming 2018 Toyota Camry is a rather large step from the current generation. For starters, the new model will be using an all new platform and it will also come with considerably more models.
2018 Toyota Camry – In detail
With that said, the car will continue to be reliable, easy to use and cheap. The base model is expected to start right around $24,000 which is similar to its competitors. However, the Camry usually comes with more gear than its rivals and this will likely be the case with the new car as well. The release date is unknown but considering the stage of the spied prototype, the car is likely around a year away from release. The largest change for the car is going to be the addition of a TRD model which is expected to hit the market at roughly $35,000. Even though it has not been confirmed by Toyota, the car has been spied testing already a few times. It is also worth mentioning that the car will be using Toyota’s modular platform which first debuted on the Prius.
The design of new Camry
The rumored TRD model of the 2018 Toyota Camry seems to boast new front and rear bumpers, a quad exhaust system, LED headlights and side skirts. The wheels seem to be unique to it with triple-five spoke black wheels. Leaving the TRD behind though, the entire car will change. Some suggested at first that the new Camry will only suffer mild cosmetic changes. Well, this is simply not true. Instead, the new car has a completely new shape which takes it a lot closer to a coupe than before. The front end is similar but the back sports a large and raked window and a completely new bumper design. The new car also seems to boast a longer wheelbase than before and it might just be wider as well.
Inside the cabin of 2018 Toyota Camry
Unfortunately it is quite early to say anything about the way the new Camry will look on the interior. Toyota did give us a few hints with some of their newer models, more precisely the Prius. This features a large center screen which provides most of the information the driver needs. While the Camry will likely feature a regular instrument cluster, it is also expected to feature the Prius technology in one form or another.
Toyota Camry 2018 – Under the hood
We do hope the 2018 Toyota Camry will feature turbocharged power, at least in its base model. Unfortunately though Toyota doesn’t really have a suitable engine. Because of that we do think they will stick with the 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 engine which may see a bump to around 190 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The larger V6 engine is now more than likely going to be available only on the top end trim levels such as the TRD.
This time around though the engine will be a new 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 with direct injection, the same that can be found in the newly released Highlander. This is known to make 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. However, the TRD might get an even more powerful version of this engine with closer to 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. An eight speed automatic will likely be available across the range, the exception being the base model which is expected to receive a six speed unit only.
Release date of 2018 Camry
There is no strict release date for 2018 MY installment of Camry but one thing we know for sure. New Toyota Camry will have its debut at 2017 Detroit Auto Show in Janaury. After that we are sure that more info will come our way about actuall release date. Stay tuned for more info.