Toyota used this week’s Detroit Auto Show to reveal the totally redesigned 2018 Camry sedan. The eight-generation car is highlighted with a more exciting design that’s built atop an all-new platform with three engine options.
Built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), the Camry is shrinking in most dimensions, including about an inch in total length. That said, the wheelbase has increased, which is positively impacting legroom and the car’s design proportions. This may not set well with routine Camry buyers as the interior dimensions have shrunk a tiny bit as well. The shrinkage is likely the result of efforts to lower mass and build the car within the constraints of the TNGA.
Traditional Camry buyers may also be offended by the Camry’s new edgy styling. Toyota is making it clear it wanted the Camry to be more exciting and it certainly achieves that. A bold new grille is available in two different options, a sport and luxury variant. There’s also dynamic sheetmetal across the body, including a highly-stylized C-pillar and an extrusion off the taillights.
The migration away from traditional Camry buyer love is intentional on Toyota’s part. The company knows it must attract a new generation of buyers with this car and these buyers aren’t quite as boring, apparently. These buyers are actually gravitating to crossovers and SUVs, but that’s a small side note in this story.
This new generation of Camry buyer will have three engine options to pick from. The base engine will be Toyota’s 2.5-liter inline-four, while the company’s well-known 3.5-liter V-6 will continue to be offered as an option. Both gas engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The third engine option will be Toyota’s second-generation hybrid powertrain. Like the gas engines, details such as power output and fuel economy are left for the imagination until the car is closer to launch.
On the technology front Toyota is bringing its latest infotainment system, Entune 3.0 that pairs with a 7-inch color display in the gauge cluster and an optional heads-up display. Toyota Sensing, which is the company’s suite of safety features is also offered on the new Camry.
The new 2018 Camry will begin rolling into Toyota dealerships in summer of 2017. Production of the car will commence at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky assembly plant.