2018 Japan-spec Toyota Camry receives TRD and Modellista versions

Article by Christian A., on May 25, 2017

Toyota Camry is many things but exciting isn’t one of its frequent descriptions. That’s why throughout the years, Toyota has been stepping up its game for the said model in terms of design. We’re pleasantly surprised that the 2018 Camry that we first had a glimpse of at the Detroit Auto Show is offering a stronger, sexier appeal. Not only did it impress us, now people are excited for it to be out in showrooms. But that’s not all, Toyota also revealed Camry’s two new variants - the Modellista and the TRD.

We can make guesses but we can’t guarantee that the packages are more than skin deep. Performance figures have not been announced yet but one thing we know is that the 2018 Camry’s range topping model will come with a 3.5 liter V6 that can yield up to 295 horsepower, paired with an eight-speed direct-shift automatic transmission. The new generation will provide a more comfortable and dynamic driving experience.

Here’s the thing, both the Modellista and the TRD variants may never be shipped out of Japan since the model is based on the Japanese version of the Camry. But don’t lose hope. The fact that Toyota came up with the 850-horsepower sleeper Camry, suggests that the manufacturer is serious about revamping their cars’ performance.

To make it a little different from the US spec model, the company gave it a Lexus-like grille on its face for a more upmarket look. The JDM version of the Camry even has a set of fog lamps added to the front bumper. Though the Japan-spec car looks classier compared to the US-spec car, it does not get air vents and only has one exhaust pipe. That’s still better than getting fake air vents like the US version. Also, customers can always customize their car with optional body kits offered by Toyota for a sportier ride.

2018 Toyota Camry Modellista

The complete set of information on the two variants has yet to be released. However, it definitely looks like the Modellista is the more sophisticated out of the two. Starting with the small tweaks on its front fascia, the lower body has also been revamped and is now complemented with a set of spoke wheels.

2018 Toyota Camry TRD

The TRD variant leans more toward the other side of the spectrum, with a more aggressive overall look. Its front fascia now has a prominent splitter featuring integrated lamps on the lower end, complemented with added ground effects along the side and rear. Its rugged look is highly appealing, we must say.

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