The next-generation Toyota Camry has been revealed at the 2017 Detroit motor show, and will go on-sale in Australia from late this year.
The new Camry has been completely redesigned with the company’s “Keen Look” design language. So far, the company has only unveiled the high-end and hybrid versions of the new sedan, but the new model should prove to be the sportiest looking to-date.
Under the skin, the eighth-generation Camry uses the new GA-K platform that’s spun off the Toyota New Global Architecture, which was first used for the fourth-generation Prius.
As with the Prius, the Camry uses ultra-high-tensile steel, which should see weight drop, although Toyota has yet to make any claims in this regard, nor provide any figures.
To go along with the sportier looks, the team behind the new Camry has lowered the hip point by the 25mm at the front and 30mm at the rear. They’ve also lowered the bonnet by 41mm, and dropped the car’s overall centre of gravity.
The new Camry is 4859mm long, 1440mm tall, 1839mm wide, and rides on a 2824mm wheelbase. This means the new sedan is 9mm longer than the seventh-generation car currently on sale. It is also 19mm wider, has a roof that’s 30mm closer to the ground, and uses a wheelbase that’s 49mm longer.
Boot space has been increased by 10 litres on non-hybrid variants, while hybrid models gain an extra 30 litres of cargo space as the hybrid battery pack has been moved to under the rear seat.
Just as in the US, the Australia-bound versions of the new Camry will be available with three drivetrain choices: a new 3.5-litre direct-injection V6 with an eight-speed automatic, a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, and a four-cylinder hybrid.
Unlike our American cousins though, we’ll only be seeing the new 2.5-litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine in hybrid variants, at least initially. For Australia, the volume-selling Camry will soldier on with today’s 2.5-litre mill.
Above: US market Toyota Camry hybrid. Elsewhere: Range-topping US market Toyota Camry XSE.
On the safety front, all Australia-bound Camry models will feature as standard a pre-collision safety system, autonomous emergency braking, an all-speed adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.
Toyota says the interior ambience has been lifted thanks to the greater use of soft-touch materials and stitched surfaces, while the new car’s seats are said to be more supportive, have greater slide range, and split-folding capability at the rear.
On top-spec models, the Camry features an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 7.0-inch multi-function display in the instrument panel, a 10.0-inch colour head-up display, and an electronic parking brake instead of a foot-operated pedal.
Depending on the model, Australian Camrys will be available with either 17-, 18-, or 19-inch alloy wheels.
While the new Camry will go on sale in the States during the early part of the third quarter, the eighth-generation Camry won’t arrive in Australian dealerships until late this year, after Toyota Australia’s manufacturing operations have come to a halt during the fourth quarter of 2017.
Toyota plans to make more announcements about the demise of the Australian factory, including an end date for production, in the next three months.
Australian market Camrys will be built in Japan. Further specifications, details, and, of course, pricing will be announced closer to the car’s on-sale date.