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The design of the nose of the next-generation and fully-imported Toyota Camry has potentially been leaked online.

The photo you see here was posted on Instagram by user luke_hewa_dennyhamlinfan101, and publicised on the VW Vortex forums, and seems to have been snapped at a closed-door NASCAR event.

Since taking the reins of Toyota, Akio Toyoda has talked extensively about making the company’s products more exciting, both visually and dynamically. The extensive facelift given to the seventh-generation Camry in 2014 being part of that plan.

If this photo proves to be accurate, the eight-generation Camry will feature a more aggressive front end design, with slim LED headlights flanking a winged T-shaped upper grille. The lower grille seems to take inspiration from Lexus’ spindle grille design.

The next-generation Camry will be based on the flexible Toyota Next Generation Architecture (TNGA), which made its debut under the skin of the fourth-generation Prius.

Like all the latest new car platforms or toolkits, TNGA makes extensive use of lightweight materials, such as high-strength steel and aluminium, and it’s rumoured that the new Camry will shed a significant number of kilograms as a result.

It’s rumoured that the next-generation Camry will be offered with the option of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The turbo motor might serve as a replacement for the current 3.5-litre V6.

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Above: Current Australian made Toyota Camry.

Australia

The new Camry is expected to make its debut in the US in 2017 as a 2018 model year car, which is why this NASCAR race car features “2018 Camry” lettering along its flanks.

Expectations are that the new Camry will be introduced in Australia once production of the Camry and Aurion twins ceases at Altona in the second half of 2017.

At present there are two version of the Camry around the world: a sportier US-centric model sold locally as the Camry, and a more conservative model that’s produced in Australia, Asia and Russia. This latter variant is sold as a Camry in most of the world, but retailed as the Aurion here.

It’s unclear whether Toyota will continue with its two-pronged Camry strategy both locally and overseas. If so, it’s unknown whether we’ll receive one or both variants.

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