Auto Shanghai 2017: Toyota Fengchao Fun Concept might be the future Camry

Article by Christian A., on April 20, 2017

Just this week at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, Toyota unveiled a new concept dubbed the Fengchao Fun. The sedan very much resembles the 2018 Camry. Though the company has not confirmed this, a lot of people are suggesting that this may be the next generation Camry for the Chinese market, or that this might be a preview of how the future Camry might look.

Toyota has not given much information on the Fengchao Fun’s technical specifications. But we do know that this concept is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

TNGA was first introduced in 2015, with a purpose to build cars that are better for the customers, the company, and the environment. To be more specific, fewer resources will be required to build cars with the standardized platform, therefore less manpower will be needed. TNGA-developed cars will have a more improved driving experience, while making use of fuel more efficiently, without sacrificing the design of the car.

This platform was first revealed under the latest generation Prius and has already been used on the C-HR small SUV. The next-gen Corolla and the upcoming Camry are next in line. Toyota’s plan is to build at least half of their products with the TNGA platform by 2020, making it the company’s backbone for their future global range.

We definitely see elements of the current generation Corolla on the Fun concept’s design such as the inverted grille and angular headlights. The pair of thin slanted LED headlights on its face give it a sharper look. It also reminds us a lot of the latest Camry as I mentioned earlier. The rear end of the car comes with ultra-skinny LED taillights just like the Camry. The fenders have been sculpted as well to make it more pronounced. Furthermore, the Fun concept’s windshield rake has been increased while the roof has been lowered. And the door handles have been made less prominent to give it style.

Toyota has real big plans for the TNGA platform. In fact, they announced that the company has already made a $1.3 billion investment into its Kentucky factory for this development. Before they begin the production of TGNA-based models, they will first build the Camry on the chassis.

The upcoming Camry, now looking sportier than ever, offers three engine options: a 3.5 liter V6, 2.5 liter four-cylinder, and a revised hybrid. Standard safety systems include active cruise control, a pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, and lane departure alert with steering assist. The 2018 model will be in showrooms by summer this year in the United States.

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