The sedan entered its eighth generation and is expected to be officially launched in India next year, perhaps in early 2019. It gets a revised design in line with Toyota’s new design philosophy but will carry forward the current powertrain along with added features.
Similar to the current model, the Camry will only be available in one trim. The new-gen Camry moves to Toyota’s new TNGA platform which underpins all modern day Toyotas and Lexuses. This means it grows in size compared to the current model. Furthermore, even after adding a host of features, the new Camry is not heavier than the model it will replace. Appearance wise, the new Camry is a lot more aggressive now with a gaping grille up front similar to the Lexus’ spindle grille. Toyota calls it the new ‘Keen Look’ design language. But the Indian-spec model will get the other grille which is a lot more subtle and has a large air-dam with horizontal louvres for lower grille and a rather sleek upper grille. The headlamps are new and the bonnet creases are also more prominent. The silhouette is elongated yet simple. And the rear is new with sleeker tail lights and a boot lip spoiler.
The interior of the cabin will be a major upliftment over the older model. The centre console will get a new eight-inch touchscreen unit with a digital screen for instrument console. The driver-focused cabin will also get practical storage places, soft-touch material, wireless charging, dual-zone climate control, and a spacious cabin with powered seats. It will also be one of the safest cars in its segment with no less than 10 airbags and a host of active and passive safety equipment.
Under the hood will be the same hybrid engine which powers the current model. The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine produces 175hp/221Nm which is mated to an 88kW electric motor. The 208bhp hybrid powertrain is mated to a six-speed CVT automatic transmission. The updated sedan will have four driving modes – Normal, Eco, EV and Sport. When launched in India, the next-gen Camry will continue to rival its current competition which includes the Honda Accord Hybrid, Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat. It is expected to be slightly more expensive than the current model.