America does love the Toyota Camry. This has been an established fact for the past several years and for 2016, the trend might still continue. It has been a big hit among customers in North America, thanks to its ability to delivers things well expected from it. The current generation Camry has been in the market since 2011, and the time is nearing for the latest generation to take the reins. For this, Toyota has chosen the upcoming Detroit Auto Show – scheduled from January 8 to 22, 2017 – to unveil the latest generation of the Toyota Camry.
More than a month before the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the Japanese has released a teaser picture of the 2018 Toyota Camry. But don’t be happy yet. The picture provides a very limited glimpse of the 2018 Camry. While it depicts a 2018 Camry XSE, only a rear three-quarter view was shown. Specifically, it shows the right taillight of a red 2018 Camry XSE with a trapezoidal shape.
The 2018 model year of the Toyota Camry has been repeatedly spied. Recent spy photos of a camouflaged vehicle believed to be the Camry reveal boomerang-shaped taillights as well as a slim spoiler and quad-exhaust tips. On closer inspection, the taillights on the camouflaged vehicle and that of the 2018 Camry XSE seemed to be the same. The same is true with the slim spoiler. This means that the camouflaged vehicle – which was being tested with a new Toyota Highlander and a new Lexus RX – was really the 2018 Camry. As spied, the camouflage Camry features a sleeker and a more angular front end. Its headlights are slimmer than on the current Camry, while its grille received a total makeover and is flanked by two smaller cutouts.
There is a high possibility that the new 2018 Toyota Camry will be underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is a new modular platform that currently underpins the latest Prius hybrid. TNGA – with its attributes -- should make the 2018 Camry much lighter and have a lower center of gravity, thereby further improving its handling.
As for the core of the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry, America’s best-selling car may be powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant. A TRD version of the Camry might be powered by the newest version of Toyota’s 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 295 hp in the Highlander, although TRD could easily increase the output of this powerplant to over 300 hp.
For now, we could only rely on renderings to give us a good look at the 2018 Camry. For the best look, wait for the 2017 Detroit Auto Show to open next month. The good thing is that if the Camry has become better-looking than before, this design direction should allow Toyota to attract more buyers and continue its dominance in the US.