The Toyota Camry has been a leader in the midsize family car segment for decades, and with an all-new model now here, it aims to retain that status for even more decades to come.
Unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the eighth-generation Camry could be mistaken to be only an incremental improvement based on exterior styling alone, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Still, the design looks more interesting than past Camrys, ditching the boring lines and shapes for a more aggressive aesthetic that Toyota calls “Keen Look.” Overall height has been reduced, giving the car a more athletic stance.
The interior is more revolutionary than the exterior, with Toyota’s latest Human Machine Interface (HMI) serving as the centerpiece, relaying information through three interlinked displays consisting of a 10-inch color Head-Up Display, a seven-inch multi-information display within the instrument cluster, and an eight-inch audio/navigation display and HVAC control panel.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are supported, as well as WiFi connectivity for up to five devices.
The new Camry rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, promising to be nimbler, more comfortable and more rigid than its predecessor despite being slightly larger. Priority is said to have been placed on dynamic performance, particularly driving fun.
As for power, Toyota is sticking with a V6 despite most of its competitors shifting away from larger-displacement, naturally aspirated engines. Buyers will be able to choose between a 2.5L four-cylinder, a 3.5L V6 return and a Camry hybrid.
The 2.5L engine is paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations, said:
“The all-new 2018 Camry is, without a doubt, the most captivating mid-size sedan we’ve ever produced. It delivers on everything Camry owners have come to expect from America’s best-selling car, and adds to it, jaw-dropping design, more advanced technology, cutting-edge safety systems, and stirring performance that raises it to an unparalleled level of excitement.”
The all-new, 2018 Toyota Camry goes on sale in summer 2017. Did Toyota do enough to make it more than an appliance? Share your thoughts in the comments below.