They Camry has never been a great car in terms of design and driving excitement, but that didn't stop it from becoming the best-selling passenger car in America. It's like the automotive equivalent of Josh Groban. You wonder how something so dull could become so danged popular. The notion is positively stupefying.
All that could change with the 2018 Toyota Camry that just bowed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Take one look at it, and there's no denying that it looks pretty sweet. It looks nothing like previous Camrys, and Toyota even promises that it will be better to drive. Sure, that's a low bar, but we're hoping it gets upgraded by at least a few notches on the scale of fun behind the wheel. Now that would be something else. The specs certainly point in that direction.
Here are the important specs on the next-gen Camry:
- The car has been totally redesigned. The fascia borrows some Toyota FT-1 Concept elements, making it much more aggressive. The hood has numerous creases, and the tail is just as dramatic, if not more so. Split-Y taillights get accentuated by a verticle faux vent, and even the C-pillar gets a descending crease at the mid-point.
- The body is 0.7 of an inch wider, the wheelbase is 2 inches longer, and the roof and hood have been lowered by 1 and 1.6 inches, respectively. Front and rear hip points have been lowered, as well. The effect is a better driving position and more of a driver-centric focus. Even the cowl and dashboard have been lowered to contribute to this.
- Driving dynamics should be improved with a stiffer chassis, a new double-wishbone suspension and four-point engine mounts that reduce noise, vibration, and harshness.
- Under the hood, the available engines are also brand new: a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder "Dynamic Force Engine". No output numbers have been made public, but we expect more power this time around. There's also a new 3.5-liter V6; a hybrid powertrain with the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder coupled with a new CVT with Sport mode and improved acceleration. The new Hybrid should attain mileage similar to the Prius.
- The new Camry's interior can be optioned with what's known as Toyota's "Human Machine Interface" with a 7-inch instrument cluster display, a 10-inch color head-up display, and a slick-looking Entune 3.0 screen and integrated climate controls. The Camry is also available with a basic navigation app, on-board Wi-Fi and an improved premium JBL audio system.
- All Camrys will come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense with forward collision warning with auto-brake and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and auto-steering, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams.
- The new and apparently way better 2018 Toyota Camry arrives in dealers late summer 2017. Pricing has yet to be announced.
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