New Japanese made Camry boasts sharp standard equipment lists, better value, more technology and a decidedly sharp design
The 2018 Toyota Camry is a significant car as it is the first fully-imported Camry since the first generation which was sold between 1983 and 1987.
It’s also probably the most radical or desirable Camry ever – Toyota is even using words like “technology” and even “dynamics” in its press bumf. Really.
The all-new Camry is built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA), which is said to allow engineers greater room for creativity in terms of handling, packaging and performance.
Three drivetrains will be offered: a new direct injection petrol four-cylinder engine, a petrol/hybrid which consists of a direct injection four-cylinder engine and a new direct injection 3.5 litre V6 which develops a very un-Camry like 224kW and 362Nm. Economy isn’t half bad either in the V6, averaging 8.7 litres per 100km, or 8.9 litres in the sporty SX.
Standard equipment levels are up across the board too, with all models fitted with adaptive cruise, pre-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking.
Four specification levels will be offered: Ascent, Ascent Sport, SX and SL. The Ascent is equipped with the above mentioned safety features in addition to an upgraded infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, power lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat and LED tail lamps.
The Camry Ascent is priced from $27,690, an increase of $1200 over the previous Camry Altise.
Ascent hybrid customers are treated to dual-zone climate control, push button start and different driving modes and is priced from a recommended retail of $29,990, or $500 less than the old model. The hybrid produces a combined 160kW and average fuel economy on hybrid models is said to be as low as 4.2 litres per 100 kilometres.
Step up to the Ascent Sport and you get sporty bumpers and side skirts, an eight-inch infotainment screen, sat nav, premium steering wheel and gear shifter, dual zone climate control, sonar clearance sensors – no more scraping the front bumper and push button start.
The Camry SX can be distinguished by its 19 inch wheels, hunkered down sports suspension, flappy paddles, leather trim and a wireless phone charger.
At the top of the Camry tree is the luxury Camry SL, features a 10 inch heads up display, automatic LED headlamps and automatic wipers, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. And, for an industry first, the SL models have a sliding panoramic roof.
The drive experience should be a damn sight better too, with Macpherson strut front suspension and new fully independent rear suspension and electric steering.
The price list for the all-new Toyota Camry range is outlined below:
All grades: premium paint $450
SX: panoramic roof $1,950