I can’t think of anyone who has ever called the Toyota Camry “stylish” in my life, unless they were paid to do so. But with the reveal of the all-new 2018 model, I am so inclined to break that trend myself.
Sitting atop the new TGNA platform, which it shares with the new Prius, this isn’t your mother-in-law’s Camry. It boasts style that the midsize sedan has never seen before, thanks to its sharp body lines, pronounced front air inlets, stunning hood that sits 1.6 inches lower, low and coupe-like roofline, and sleek new rear with Prius-inspired taillights and quad-exit exhaust.
In terms of size, the new Camry’s body is larger than the previous generation in nearly every dimension. It comes in at 191.3 inches long (0.4-inch increase) and 72.4 inches wide (0.7-inch increase). It is, however, 1.2 inches shorter in height than the previous model, which gives it that sleeker look that this sedan’s never had. The latter is made possible by the significantly lower hip points for the seats.
The interior is equally stunning for a mainstream midsize sedan. The dash is heavily sculpted and features a swooping centerline that starts just to the right of the gear shifter and flows to the left of the touchscreen. It also boasts high-level materials, improved ergonomics, and plenty of tech, including a 10-inch heads-up display, an 8-inch audio and navigation display, Entune 3.0 with Remote Connect to allow for remote starting and door lock/unlock, and more.
The 2018 Camry will have three powertrains available and, no, none will be turbocharged. The base engine will be an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine, which will boast higher compression, multi-hole direct fuel injectors and the latest Toyota Variable Valve Timing Intelligent Electric to deliver better horsepower and torque than the current base engine, which sits at 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This engine will pair with a Direct Shift eight-speed auto transmission.
Optionally, buyers can get a new 3.5-liter V-6 with D-4S fuel injection. There will also be a hybrid version, which uses the aforementioned 2.5-liter engine and a new hybrid system. This thriftier version of the sharp sedan will use a continuously variable transmission.
More details, including official powertrain specs, will roll out in the coming months as we near its summer 2017 launch. Stay tuned for updates.