Hold onto something and brace yourself for this knock-out piece of news, because your favorite car in all the land is coming in all-new guise before the year is out for the 2018 model year.
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority in particular is about to get a dose of flair for the city’s taxi fleet in the form of the 2018 Camry, which has been designed to include some styling.
Toyota’s eighth-generation saloon is a massively important global model — the best selling passenger car in America for the last 15 years running — and this time promises to add style and performance along with reliability.
Sitting on Toyota’s latest TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) modular platform that also underpins stuff such as the new Prius, the mid-size D-segment 2018 Camry is lower and wider than before with much more sportier looking intentions.
A two-piece grille dominates the front, and the aluminium bonnet has been designed to sit 1.6in lower than before. The whole car in fact is an inch lower than the outgoing Camry, and consequently the aerodynamics have been improved too, while occupants get no less room since the seat points and hip points have been brought down lower in the new cabin too.
To be available in five grades — Camry L, LE, XLE, SE and XSE — customers will get kit such as 19in black machine-finish wheels on the two sporty trims, SE and XSE. Additionally the cars get aggressive door sills, a rear spoiler lip, meaner front bumper, and a rear bumper complete with a diffusor. Toyota says body rigidity has been improved by 30 per cent, using high-strength metal, and aluminium for panels such as the bonnet, with thinner steel for the use of the roof, boot lid and front and rear doors compared to the old Camry. Additionally the Japanese say they’ve incorporated luxury-car methods of engineering into the 2018 Camry’s NVH (Noise, vibration and harshness) properties, so it now features better sound insulation and vibration dampening materials, with more of both all over the place. They went as far as to redesign the roof’s rain gutter to be more slippery through the air and cut down on wind noise. Even the windshield is less steeply raked to slip through the air cleaner.
Inside the new cabin, Toyota designers say they went for a cockpit-type look using the highest grade of soft touch materials they could find. Toyota’s latest in-vehicle suite of kit makes it onboard too, like an available 10in colour head-up display, a 7.0in instrument cluster display, and an additional 8.0in infotainment unit in the dash.
We can’t speak for the Middle East market yet, but as far as the US is concerned Toyota has released the 2018 Camry featuring three new powertrain options including a 2.5-litre four-pot, a 3.5-litre V6, and a hybrid model.
Currently in the UAE the 2017 Camry starts from Dh83,900 and comes only with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine making about 180 horsepower and 240Nm of torque. The 2018 Camry’s new 2.5-litre however, develops 206 horsepower at 6,600rpm and over 250Nm of torque at 5,000rpm, both healthy advances.
Toyota ME doesn’t make the V6-equipped Camry available in our market, which is even more of a shame when you realise the eighth-gen Camry offers American buyers the option of a 3.5-litre V6 worth 301 horsepower and 360Nm of torque.