One of the most significant launches at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show was for a car that has usually blended in with everything: the Toyota Camry.
Toyota, however, is adamant this best-selling car for the last decade and a half won’t vanish into the scenery anymore. The company has pulled out the stops to make the 2018 Camry stand out – and that it does.
Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations, says that the new Camry offers “jaw-dropping design, more advanced technology, cutting-edge safety systems, and stirring performance that raises it to an unparalleled level of excitement.”
While Toyota has been making several attempts in recent years to spice up the Camry’s looks, the 2018 model is a ground-up redo that allows for a significantly more aggressive look. It’s far removed from the conservative appearance the model has been known for, a look that certainly got it far as the default choice for many buying a midsize sedan.
The lower hood and roofline also mean one other thing: the Camry is far less upright than it was before. Toyota says the driver and front passenger’s hips land more than an inch lower than where they did on the old car. That allows for a sportier feel, but Camry buyers have been fans of its ease of entry and good visibility all around.
Camrys also get a number of different front-end designs for 2018, with the SE and XSE models trying on a sportier look with an aggressive treatment and Camry Hybrids getting a more classic look. The Camry range continues to be comprised of the comfort-oriented LE and XLE models, too.
Also to spice things up, the Camry’s interior gets a modern and more aggressive look. It ditches the prosaic large buttons and knobs that were, at least, pretty foolproof to use. New options include 4G LTE Wi-Fi and a head-up display. Toyota, however, has decided to make driver assistance features such as emergency braking and pedestrian detection standard equipment, which is unusual for a mainstream car.
The 2018 Camry is also better packaged inside, with more space for heads and legs while maintaining largely the same footprint of the outgoing version.
Engines will comprise of a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the returning 3.5-liter V6, both of which are now mated to a new eight-speed automatic promising better performance and efficiency. The hybrid version also gets upgrades in the name of fuel economy and refinement.
The 2018 Camry goes on sale late in summer. Expect it to appear in many American driveways soon thereafter.