Well we guess we can’t make fun out of the Camry anymore because boy is the all-new model good looking. Toyota has finally fixed the family saloon and the last thing you’d call the 2018 model is boring. On the contrary, this is one of the hotter cars to make their debut at the Detroit motor show.
But, is this the car to change sales trends and bring buyers back to the ubiquitous saloon? It could well be – not that Camry sales have been hit by the demand of SUVs and CUVs; Toyota managed to sell nearly 400,000 Camrys during 2016. And, we reckon they’ll sell just as many – if not more – of the redesigned car. This is the eighth-generation model and it has undergone one heck of a transformation. It’s moved over to the Japanese automaker’s new architecture (Toyota New Generation Architecture, TGNA for short) which should make the chassis of the newbie stiffer and improve the drive and handling.
As for the aesthetics, this one is the edgiest looker ever; it features a new two-piece grille with crisp character lines flowing from the nose seamlessly through the A-pillar, has a lower beltline, is an inch shorter in height compared to the outgoing version and is wider too all of which gives this one a muscular and dare we say sporty appearance. But it is the distinct C-pillar that’s really caught our attention along with the updated interior.
The 2.0in longer wheelbase has created far more in the four-door and the cockpit-style configuration of the dash is a nice touch. There’s more soft-touch surfaces in there too and it can be had with a head-up display, 7.0in multi-function display in the instrument cluster and an 8.0in infotainment screen. It also welcomes Toyota’s Entune 3.0 multimedia system which features navigation and App Suite Connect.
As for power, buyers will have a choice between a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder and a 3.5-litre V6 mated to an eight-speed automatic. The Camry Hybrid will feature a 2.5-litre four-cylinder mated to a CVT and electric motor. Some of the safety features include pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist and automatic high beams.
There will be four trim levels, LE, XLE SE and XSE and it’s the latter two that’d want (yes, we said we want a Camry…) as they get sculpted rocker panels, a rear spoiler, more aggressive front bumper, a rear diffuser and ride on 19in wheels. Well done, Toyota. Well done indeed.