As Australia’s favourite mid-size sedan, the Toyota Camry is a car of legendary status. But while it is an undoubtedly popular and solid car, it isn’t what you would call a head turner. And to be perfectly honest, it isn’t very exciting to drive either. Now that’s not to say that it’s not a good car, but a car to set the blood pumping, we think not.
So the news that those excellent minds at Toyota had deemed it necessary to give 2018 Camry drivers a much-needed touch of exhilaration behind the wheel was music to our ears. And with the new Camry on the road in November we decided to take a quick look at what changes we can expect from Toyota.
Toyota has been bold in their changes giving the Camry a much sleeker and sportier look and feel than its predecessors.
The angular lines of the new Camry certainly follow Toyota’s theme throughout their range of passenger cars. Bringing each model into line has taken time, but the Camry finally looks like it’s part of the new modern family.
Overall the car is lighter and a little lower than the current model. There will be the standard company car/dad version which will get a massive front grill that wouldn’t look out of place in that new Bladerunner movie. Then there’s the sportier models that will have a smaller (but still huge) mesh grill with nice big air intakes on either side. If we had to choose, we’d definitely go with the sports grill.
The backlight clusters get a nice update too giving the whole backend a sleek and sporty look.
From a design perspective, the new Camry is a definite break from the standard, safe models we’ve seen throughout the years. It’s good to see Toyota taking some chances with this new iteration particularly when they have admitted themselves that they expect sales figures to drop. It’s a pretty bold move from the Japanese automaker, and on first impressions, we’re inclined to think it will pay off.
Toyota has redesigned the interior with more of a focus on driver convenience. Even the entry-level models promise to have a pretty luxurious interior with LED lights throughout.
The seats have been redesigned which presumably means that they’re more comfortable while there are light color options for upholstery, particularly the leather choices.
There will be 7 or 8-inch touchscreens which double as your reverse camera monitor, but unfortunately, there’s still no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. The sleekness of the exterior is apparent in the cabin with some interesting and, let’s be honest, rather adventurous lines where the centre console meets the dash.
The first option in the range is the current 2.5L petrol engine that you’ll find in the 2017 Camry. It’s a good engine but not much to get excited about.
Then there’s the parallel hybrid system which pairs a 131kW 2.5L engine with a CVT with an 88kW electric motor. The EV only works on its own at speeds below 40km/h.
And lastly we have the performance 225kW engine, a 3.5L V6 petrol that delivers 360Nm of torque at 4700rpm making it the most powerful Camry ever. This engine will come with a new 8-speed automatic transmission that features a sequential manual shift mode. And to make it just a little more exciting, sports models will have shift paddles.
There’s no doubt; the new Camry handles much better than its predecessor. The lower point of gravity combined with the new suspension makes for a much more comfortable ride, particularly on corners. And this is where Toyota has really hit the mark with this Camry.
The old Camry was a sensible car that took you on a nice, relaxing, but ultimately boring journey. This new model gives the driver back some semblance of control, especially on those corners. With steering that has better weighting and is more responsive than the current model, drivers will have a lot more fun in this car.
Despite this better handling giving you a more exhilarating ride, the car is still incredibly comfortable. The gear changes are smooth, and both road and engine noise is kept to a bare minimum, except of course when you floor it.
Toyota is typically tight-lipped on everything about the new Camry even though it’s less than a month from launch. And while we can’t be 100% sure of the pricing, we imagine that the standard models should start at around $30,000. It’s anyone’s guess how high the pricing will go as Toyota has intimated that these Camrys will attempt to become a more luxurious (read as expensive) mid-size sedan
The new Camry is almost here, and it looks set to be a car in high-demand. So instead of taking on the crowds at your local dealer or ending up on a months-long waiting list, let Carconnect source your new 2018 Camry. With our industry contacts, we’re quite sure that we can find you a new Camry in double quick time. So jump the queue, get in touch today, and beat your neighbor to a new 2018 Camry.