India-Bound 2018 Toyota Camry Revealed
The all-new, eighth-gen hybrid version of the Asia-spec Camry looks identical to its American counterpart. Seems like Toyota has unified the Camry's design language this time around!
Toyota has revealed the Japanese-spec Camry recently, four months after the US-spec version made its debut at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show. The Japanese-spec model gives us a clear hint of how the Asia-spec model could look like since both the outgoing versions are similar.
The US-spec Camry (also sold in Australia and Thailand, among other markets) had always looked different (read: sportier) from the version sold in markets like Japan and India.
(In Picture: Current Toyota Camry Hybrid)
However, with the eighth-generation model, it seems Toyota has taken a uniform approach in terms of the Camry’s looks as the US and Japanese-spec hybrid models are carbon copies of each other. The only difference we could spot are the additional fog lamps at the front of the Japanese-spec Camry Hybrid compared to its corresponding US version. There are absolutely no changes made to the rear of the sedan. With the upcoming Camry, Toyota has made one thing very clear – it wants to shed the vanilla label from this nameplate!
(In Picture: US-spec Toyota Camry Hybrid)
The 2018 Camry is based on the GA-K iteration of the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, which also underpins the new Prius.
(In Picture: Toyota Prius)
(In Picture: Japanese -spec Toyota Camry Hybrid)
Like its exterior, the interior of the eight-gen Camry also has a unified approach contrary to the outgoing model, which has a subtly different central console. However, it is likely that the dashboard theme may vary in other markets such as ours. The highlight of the 2018 Camry’s dashboard is a new character line that flows down from the instrument cluster and bisects the waterfall-like centre console.
In Picture: US-spec Toyota Camry Hybrid)
Toyota has not yet revealed the specifications of the newly introduced powertrain options of the 2018 Camry. However, with regard to the Indian market, it is expected that the 2018 India-spec Camry Hybrid will come equipped with a new 2.5-litre motor with a next-gen Toyota Hybrid System (THS II). The hybrid powertrain will be coupled to a CVT (continuously variable transmission) like the current version, but will also feature a new Sport mode which offers simulated 6-speed sequential shifts with optional paddle shifters. Toyota anticipates that it will offer best-in-class fuel efficiency.
(In Picture: 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid TRD)
Like the current-gen Camry, there will also be a non-hybrid version on sale in India. This variant is also expected to be powered by the same new 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine, which is the first motor from Toyota’s new Dynamic Force engine family. This engine will be mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission (8AT).
Stay tuned to CarDekho for more updates on the all-new Toyota Camry.
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