After teasing us with the NASCAR version of Camry, Toyota unveiled the eighth generation of the family sedan at 2017 North America International Auto Show. You will see this sedan everywhere from your mainstream neighborhood, as a taxi cab, to show up in the front of your house after ordering an Uber. The Japanese carmaker wants to keep its title for The Best-Selling Car for 15 years in USA (and still counting).
So, what’s new? Everything. Now, the latest Camry is bringing a sporty theme. At the front, you will see an aggressive face forming X-shaped that reminds me of Lexus’ design language. Its headlights finally featuring three small L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lights. The diamond grille with black color adding sporty value to the 4-door car. For Hybrid version, Toyota’s designers give a little change that we can see from wider grille with blacked-horizontal lines, you won’t see the X-shaped fascia just like in regular variant, and a Toyota logo with blue color.
At the rear, Toyota shows a new C-shaped taillights with LED that rounds the turn signal lamps and reverse lights. Interestingly, there are rear air intake right below the taillights giving a tear effect which is trending now in car’s industry. The regular version will get quad-exhaust. The hybrid variant comes up with a more simple design. The rear air intake is absent, and buyer will only get a single tailpipe.
Inside, Toyota promises a more interesting design combined with better quality and more ergonomic seats. The center cockpit has a unique design forming Y-shaped. And you still see the sporty theme when you sit in the mid-size sedan with a more driver-oriented interior. Interestingly, now the newest Camry features a 10-inch Head-Up Display that is ready help driver to display important information during the ride. Moreover, there are a 7-inch instrument panel, an 8-inch touchscreen which will display Toyota’s Entune 3.0 multimedia system, and JBL premium audio system.
2018 Camry is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, a multi-featured active safety systems such as, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA); and Automatic High Beams (AHB). Select models will also come with standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
Under the hood, Toyota New Camry has a 4-cylinder 2.5 liter, and a V6 3.5 liter mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. And for hybrid version buyer will get a 2.5 liter and latest Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) and mated to a CVT gearbox. Unfortunately, the automaker hasn’t announced about the horsepower from those engines.
Text: Andhika Pradityo