The Toyota Camry has been a perennial leader in sales in the United States. While there are those who say that the Camry has a bland design, the fact that this Toyota offering could deliver what its customers have been expecting from it allows this vehicle to remain a big hit among consumers in North America.
But for the 2018 model year, the Toyota Camry may undergo a physical transformation that would allow it to sport a new look. This is what has been revealed by spy photos of a camouflaged vehicle believed to be the Camry. Well, this may or may not be the 2018 Camry, but the chances of it being the next generation of the Camry is high. It was spied being tested with a new Toyota Highlander and a new Lexus RX.
Taking the camouflage off this spied Camry reveals a front end that is now sleeker and is now more angular. Compared with the current Camry, the spied car features slimmer headlights and a large triangular grille. This grille is flanked by two smaller cutouts. Its rear end, meanwhile, is now marked by boomerang-shaped taillights as well as a slim spoiler and quad-exhaust tips. The camouflaged Camry rides on sporty multi-spoke wheels in black finish.
However, it is too early to rejoice over the possibility that this appearance will be that of the 2018 Toyota Camry. Yes, the camouflaged unit could be a Camry, but it could also be a performance version to be built by Toyota Racing Development.
It is high likely that the new Camry will be underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture – a new modular platform that underpins the latest Prius hybrid. This new platform should make the 2018 Camry lighter and have a lower center of gravity – attributes that would further improve the sedan’s handling. If the spied car is a TRD version, it might feature a stiffened suspension and upgraded tires, as well as larger brakes.
Power may be derived from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant. A TRD Camry might be powered by the newest version of Toyota’s 3.5-liter V6 engine that provides 295 hp in the Highlander. TRD could easily push the output of this engine to exceed 300 hp.
Nothing is official yet as Toyota has yet to properly make the actual announcement regarding the latest generation of the Camry. If this is really what a typical Camry looks like for the 2018 model year, that would be very good news for its fans. It could also be amazing for Toyota, since new direction for the hot-selling Camry would allow it to attract more buyers and continue the sedan’s streak as the best-selling car in the US.