The already efficient hybrid version of the next generation of the Toyota Camry – the most in-demand car in the United States for 15 straight years – just got more economical.
In a bid to further its appeal and continue its reign as the best-selling car in the US, the Toyota Camry entered into a new (eighth) generation of sedans. The most recognizable changes are found on its exterior design, and they are sure appealing enough to entice current and new customers. However, there are also changes underneath the new 2018 Toyota Camry that we think would allow it to widen the gap against its rivals.
When Toyota unveiled the eighth generation of the Toyota Camry at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show just this month, it trumpeted that the car would have a Prius-like efficiency. Since the hybrid versions of the Prius offer fuel efficiency ratings of over 50 mpg, the fuel economy numbers 2018 Camry hybrid should be around this level. However, Toyota didn’t exactly specify how economical the hybrid version of the Camry would be in city, highway and combined driving.
It would really help Toyota’s case if it discloses the fuel efficiency figures of its new generation Toyota Camry. The 2017 iteration of the Camry Hybrid offers efficiency figures of 42 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. While these numbers deserve praise, the Camry Hybrid’s closest sedan rival – the Honda Accord Hybrid – offers much better figures. In fact, the current hybrid version of the Honda Accord returns fuel economy ratings of 49 mpg city and 48 mpg combined.
For the 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid, the game could change. During the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the Japanese carmaker was making waves with a 20-percent improvement in the fuel efficiency numbers of the Camry Hybrid. This means that the new generation Camry Hybrid would be able to return at least 50 mpg in the city. It is only 1 mpg higher than the Honda Accord Hybrid, but the more important thing is that the Camry wouldn’t be losing anymore.
The hybrid version of the 2018 Toyota Camry will feature the next-generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS II). This hybrid powertrain employs a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine that has been design to focus on delivering higher output and torque while using very little fuel as much as possible.
This 2.5-liter engine employs multi-hole direct fuel injectors, a variable cooling system and a new version of Toyota’s Variable Valve-Timing-intelligent Electric (VVT-iE) technology – allowing this mill to achieve a world-class thermal efficiency of 40 percent. In addition, the battery pack of the THS II has been moved from the trunk to below the rear seat for a lower center of gravity and better stability.