With over 19 million examples sold worldwide across 7 generations, the Toyota Camry is one of the world’s best-selling passenger cars. And with many of these clocking over a million kilometres and still going strong, the D-segment Japanese saloon is also arguably one of the most dependable cars ever.
The 8th generation 2018 Toyota Camry, which was unveiled at last year’s Detroit motor show, has been launched in the UAE this week by Al-Futtaim Toyota. Built on an all-new platform based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the latest iteration promises to be better in every way than its predecessors.
With this new model, Al-Futtaim is also bringing the Camry Grande badge back, which will top the range with a 298bhp 3.5-litre V6 under its bonnet, while the lower model will continue to be powered by the good old 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that’s good for 178bhp.
“Camry is a staple model in the Toyota family and one that has proven documented success over the years with over 9 million cars sold in 2017. Since its introduction to the UAE 3 decades ago, it has become a national landmark, and an intrinsic part of every day travel. This abundant presence on the streets of the UAE didn’t come only as a result of the hard efforts of our teams. The true genetics of the car is what makes is so popular, especially when it comes to its class-leading fuel efficiency, high resale value and low total cost of ownership” says Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Toyota.
The new Camry also comes equipped with the latest in technology features including a seven-inch multi-information display within the instrument cluster, and an eight-inch audio/navigation control panel that is seamlessly integrated into the centre console. It also gets a Qi-standard wireless charger in the front console tray.
Safety is also given priority with six SRS airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist, Hill-start Assist Control, and an enhanced body structure and platform structure with a 30-percent increase in torsional rigidity.
Available in nine exterior colors, prices start at Dh91,000 for the 2.5-litre Camry S, going up to Dh99,900 for the SE. Meanwhile the Camry Grande is available in three grades, the SE+, Sport and Limited for Dh114,000, Dh122, 500 and Dh124,500 respectively.