The Japanese giant automaker has made a clear decision to introduce the All-New 2018 Toyota Camry at the Detroit Auto Show early next year. Many leaks info on the 2018 Camry has been revealed since a few months ago. However, at this early December 2016, Toyota was surprisingly released a teaser image of its new mid-size sedan. Yes, the new Camry is ready for production.
The new Camry’s design is highly appreciated compared to the current models, including the Camry SE and XSE. It will come with a more sporty appearance and possible major redesign, as well as will be more fun to drive. But hopefully not as boring as the previous generation model. Toyota says the Camry is expected to still be the best-selling passenger car in the North American market during the year. Camry became the largest contributor for Toyota sales in the United States with Corolla sedan also provide little contribution in terms of sales. Toyota’s sales also continued to increase thanks to the Highlander and RAV4 crossover. So we are not surprised if the Camry is still considered as one of the most important models for Toyota in its product lineup.
2018 Camry Redesign, Changes and Specs
Even more surprisingly, the 2018 Toyota Camry will come with a TRD badge as well. This is thanks to the help of Toyota Racing Development (TRD) who are eager to offer the eighth-generation Camry with high performance engines and some important improvements. So we can expect the new model is not boring. As we’ve seen in spy shots around the internet, at least the new cars will be equipped with four exhaust pipes and attractive alloy wheels design. Toyota will challenge Ford in a fight, which involves the 325-HP Fusion Sport and Camry TRD. While Toyota Nascar program is expected to provide many benefits for the production version of its Camry.
It remains unclear whether this new sedan will still be offered with a V6 engine or stays in hybrid variant. Some leaked information revealed that the 2018 Camry TRD would be powered by all-new 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 engine sourced from the current Toyota Highlander. The new 3.5L V6 engine is claimed to deliver 295 horsepower at 6,660 rpm and 263 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 rpm. However, Toyota could provide some performance tweaks on this new engine, so 310 HP is not something impossible.
Utilizing Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA)
We expect a direct-shift eight-speed automatic transmission will be offered as a standard option along with front-wheel drive configuration. While the EPA estimates will probably be better than the current Highlander, which is rated at 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Another source said that the new Toyota Camry is rumored to be offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, maybe there will not be an option for the 6-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive system.
The eighth-generation Camry sedan will be powered by a new TNGA modular platform, which is commonly known as Toyota New Global Architecture. TNGA platform can be found in the latest Prius hybrid and have lower center of gravity. So the new 2018 Camry TRD will likely have different dimensions and better handling than the previous generation. Expect some improvements for TRD variants such as stiffer suspension, bigger brakes and 15-inch spoke wheels with new styles.
2018 Toyota Camry Release Date and Price Forecasts
We don’t know for sure about release date, but the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry sedan will be officially introduced at the North American International Auto Show in early January 2017. Sales are likely to start a few months later, followed by TRD version as well. The new car is targeted to compete with some of its competitors, including the Ford Fusion Sport, Volkswagen Passat V6, Honda Accord V6 and Buick Regal GS. There is no official word on price, but we expect price starts at $31,000 for the high-performance Camry TRD. So pricing could be cheaper than the Ford Fusion Sport and Toyota Camry V6.