The 2018 Toyota Camry has been unveiled in Detroit and features bold new styling, improved driving dynamics and stiffened suspension. Toyota’s development team have said “drivers will notice the dramatic improvements within the first few seconds of driving.”
The Toyota Camry has sold like hotcakes over the last few years with the 2016 Toyota Camry being the best-selling vehicle without a truck bed for 2016.
The 2018 Toyota Camry presents a shift in the design of the Camry with a wheelbase that’s 2 inches longer and a roof that’s been lowered by 1 inch. The changes will make the Camry feel sportier and give it better driving dynamics which has been Toyota’s focus for the 2018 Camry.
Other improvements to the 2018 Camry are the four-point engine mounts which will reduce engine noise and vibration and more powerful engines. Toyota haven’t released the exact specs for the powertrains but say the new engines will produce better power and torque. The base engine will be a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine. It will use the Variable Valve-Timing-intelligect Electric System (VVT-iE) with a variable cooling system.
The upgraded engine will most likely be the 3.5 liter V6 engine that’s used in the 2017 Toyota Highlander and Sienna. Both of these engines will be paired to a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
A hybrid version of the Camry will also be available and it comes with a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine that uses a continuously variable transmission. The hybrid has a sports mode that simulates using 6 gears and increase electric boost and acceleration.
One notable feature of the Camry hybrid is the relocating of the battery from the trunk to under the rear seats. This will have two positive effects. Firstly it will provide more cargo space for the trunk and secondly it will improve driving dynamics by shifting the center of gravity closer to the center of the vehicle. The hybrid is predicted to have a fuel economy of 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg on the highway.
The interior of the Camry will be fitted with the latest technology and Toyota are committed to building a driver-focused cabin. This will include a touchscreen with the latest Entune 3.0 infotainment system.
All of the trim levels will come with the Toyota Safety Sense suite as standard. This includes forward collision warning with auto brake, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection and auto high beams.
The 2018 Toyota Camry is expected to arrive at dealer outlets during the Summer of 2017.
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