Anton Andres / Toyota Press | May 23, 2017 09:37
Toyota's D-Segment sedan gets a bold redesign
The 2018 Toyota Camry may have been revealed during the 2017 New York International Auto Show, but recently the Japanese automaker has just revealed their perennial D-segment in its guise for their local market. Unlike the last two generations, the Asia-spec model is now in line with the US-spec version with its design, along with elements from the Fun concept unveiled during Auto Shanghai 2017.
Like the US version, the Japanese model adapts the 'Keen Look' design language, giving the D-Segment sedan a bolder, swoopier look from front to rear. We see a wide air intake the runs the width of the front bumper, as well as slim headlights and a bold grill. Multiple character lines can also be seen on the hood, which is set lower when compared to the previous model.
Along with its sleeker look, the 2018 Camry appears to have a lower height due to its coupe-like roof line. Meanwhile, the window line sees a kink on both the front and rear, with the side being defined by three character lines. The first line can be seen on the lower half of the car which then sweeps upwards to merge with the tail lights. The second line then runs through the door handles while the third arches upward to form the unique rear quarter panel treatment.
Also present is a ridge on the C-pillar, which then seams into the top section of the trunklid. The tail end of the car then kicks upwards and is complemented by the defined shoulder line. Slim wraparound tail lights, along with lines that sweep downwards complete the look of the rear fascia. This model now rides on Toyota's new modular platform, dubbed the TNGA-K.
Various body packages are also available for the 2018 Camry. As with most models in Toyota's lineup, these options will come from either Modellista or TRD. The Modellista features a subtle body kit with a different front apron and new side skirts, as well as special wheels. The TRD meanwhile has more emphasis on sport with an extended front bumper kit with integrated LED daytime running lights, low profile wheels and a more defined pair of side skirts
Inside, it gets a unique dashboard which sees the center console bisecting the driver and front passenger areas. the latest Human Machine Interface (HMI) that can be accessed via a 10-inch color monitor, a seven-inch multi-information display positioned within the instrument cluster and an eight-inch audio/navigation display that also doubles as controls for the air-conditioning system. Toyota says the 2018 Camry packs more room inside as the seats have been set lower.
The japanese version of the 2018 Camry is powered by a hybrid powertrain. It is the 2.5-liter Dynamic Force engine with VVT-iE. Other markets will also get the new 2.5 engine, as well as a 3.5-liter V6 engine. Hybrid models are paired with a continuously variable transmission while the rest of the engines are mated to a new eight-speed automatic.
At the moment, it is yet to be determined if the Japan-spec Camry will be similar to the Asia-spec models.