Future Cars: 2018 Toyota Camry Looks…Desirable?

Nothing says A-to-B transport more than Toyota’s Camry; dependable, comfortable and utterly anonymous. Is it bad? Well no, as the 429,000 Camrys Toyota sold in the US last year show making it the best selling car in the country. But it does sit at the bottom of the pack in terms of allure compared to rivals such as Ford’s Fusion and Mazda’s 6.

Fortunately, redesign time for Toyota’s mid-sizer is just around the corner and recent spy photography suggests that Camry will receive a more stylish makeover and possibly some Toyota Racing Development (TRD) visual brawn and performance. Intrigued? Let’s investigate further:

Sleeker and sportier looks:

The 2018MY ushers in an all-new look for Camry and unlike the current car, it appears rather promising. For those who saw the NASCAR version a while back won’t be surprised; it adorns a similar Lexus-like spindle grille, large lower intakes and L-shaped LED headlight clusters.

Thankfully the bodywork also receives visual character; with taut lines, panel creases and pumped guards. The silhouette is reminiscent of the Lexus IS sedan; with an organic-looking glasshouse and rounded rear quarter windows, eschewing the mundane C-pillar inlays of the outgoing car.

Rear-end styling is dominated by sleeker taillight clusters, a more sculptured trunk lip spoiler and quad exhaust tips; quads on a Camry? Well if the recent prototype is indeed a TRD spec as we suspect, then yes.

Under The Skin:

Big news here is that Camry will migrate onto Toyota’s modular New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that also underpins the Prius and C-HR. However, here it will be tailored for midsize duty, with bigger dimensions, lower center of gravity and reduced weight thanks to aluminum components. 

If the Japanese brands green lights the TRD model, then expect larger wheels, stiffer suspension and upgraded brakes. Although don’t count on it being a hardcore canyon-carver; it’s more likely to tread the middle ground, competing against the likes of the Ford Fusion Sport.

Perhaps the biggest let down of the current car is its cabin presentation. Toyota plans to address this with a focus on more premium looking and feeling materials, attractive styling and a better infotainment system. Camry is currently very competitive on occupant space, so we’d be surprised if cabin dimensions increase substantially.

Potent Powertrains:

Camry’s current range of gasoline and hybrid engines will likely carryover, although a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four should make an appearance, coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Those aforementioned quad exhaust pipes certainly suggest something serious for the TRD model; however it’s most likely to be the new direct-injected 3.5-litre V6 found in the latest Highlander SUV. Expect an output north of 300-hp, channeling power through 8-gears with Stop-Start technology.

Mid-size Rivals:

Landing after the Camry, Honda’s all-new Accord will show it no mercy with edgier, Civic-inspired styling and potent powertrains. Other competitors like Hyundai’s Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda6 and Kia Optima are also worthy offerings for mid-size buyers.

Color us surprised if the all-new Camry makes an appearance at the upcoming LA Auto show (but don’t rule it out), as a more likely reveal is tipped for early 2017, with the TRD version possibly landing a little later.

What are your thoughts on the next Camry? Tell us in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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  • Tex

    It looks better than the IS with that weird rear quarter

  • Maa_4861

    Carscoops renders are usually spot on, but I really hope that it wont look like this.

  • Liam Paul

    we all know how renderings vs reality always is. This will still be a boring A to B car

    • willhaven

      He was pretty much spot on with this render.

  • Craig

    I think that looks very nice. But the ‘C-pillar’ reminds me of the 1992 to 1996 Camry. Is that a bad thing? I don’t know. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/992abef064df775beba4e908f1bb1254704e6b16b683ab7c2efe82738c5b11d1.jpg

    • Jayen DeHaart

      20+ years on, this car has aged well compared to other cars from this era.

      • donald seymour

        Annnnnnd…I still see them on the road today.

        • RNB

          I still have a 96 that is a DD.

    • TheBelltower

      This was the golden age of Toyota. On the rare occasion you can find one that’s not beat to hell, the design is still rock solid. The elegantly simple design looks so much more substantial than what they sell today.

  • WG

    The beltline seems a bit too low, like that on the Prius. The front looks sharper than the current camry, but im not a fan of those huge corner front grilles.

  • Blade t

    Looks better to me

  • Nordschleife

    It looks good to me but dangerously close to Lexus territory. People didn’t like when Honda was copying Acura headlights, I imagine this will create the same issue with the Toyota/Lexus brand.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Fussy as hell at the front.
    Then again, look at Honda.

  • ediotsavant

    The Camry is like Trump, lots of hatred, but people still vote with their wallets.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      #MAKETOYOTAGREATAGAIN

    • TheBelltower

      Today it’s fleet sales. Since the demise of the Crown Victoria, Camrys are the taxicab darlings. The Enterprise counter always tries to put me in these damned things.

    • Enter Ranting

      I don’t know. Does the Camry start walking back on all the promises it made in the showroom as soon as you drive it off the lot?

    • emjayay

      Trump votes have nothing to do with wallets, only imagination. And racism and resentment.

    • The Grape Ape

      Like Trump? How does a car lie, wear a depend (geriatric diaper), is a draft dodger, insults everyone’s looks, and looks like a orangutan with tiny hands.

  • jfalckt

    The thing I hate about the Camry is the name

  • Wandering_Spirit

    The Toyolexus Camry IS200

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      If it’s a Camry, it’s actually an ES…

  • alexxx

    looking good

  • Skye

    Front design isn’t busy enough, needs more scoops and shovels to scare away any squirrels crossing the road. Disgusting.

  • BlackPegasus

    Is that a rendering or the actual car? Looks great!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I can safely say that the C-HR is the best looking Toyota on the market.

    Toyota is having an identity crisis…

    • emjayay

      The C-HR (which sounds like a Honda car name) is the worst and worst looking design to ever come out of Toyota.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        That’s not saying much now, hence my comment.

  • ron

    I hate the front scoop. Almost to the point of making me buy the Accord.

    • emjayay

      A new one of those should be out soon as well.

  • Pesobill

    Looks improved and the engine choices look very good . A Turbo 4 is great and the 300+ hp v6 sounds like fun ..Should be very quick 0-60 times of just over 5 seconds …nice 🙂

  • Gerald Michael

    No doubt the new Camry will be a solid, dependable car, but for the love of all that is holy don’t let the nose be that ugly.

  • smartalec

    That rendering looks like an Alfa Romeo Giulia with a previous gen Camry front end tacked on

  • Mark Stehrtenberger

    Please spare us from yet another incredible ugly and overdone car face. Just what are the Toyota and Lexus designers smoking these days?

  • TheBelltower

    No amount of aggressive, warped plastic will help the appearance of an otherwise bland design. Just ask Pontiac.

  • Paul

    What is it with Toyota lately? The ugliness just keeps on coming in their designs.

  • Dk92

    This should’ve been the original succesor to the 2007-2011 Camry. It looks very much reminiscent of those model years. Although the ’12-14 is my favorite.

  • Sudz

    They pre-dented the front bumper!

  • Virgilio Almonte Jr.

    That’s pretty good looking, I’ve owned a 85, 87, 91, 94, 07, and a 2012 Camry and if wasn’t because I’ve gotten to used to driving suvs/pickups the last few years I’d seriously be excited about the new one because every single one of them was a great dependable, fun enough car to me. Camry gets a bad name from all of the review magazines that call them vanilla which I quess if your driving a m5 one day and then hop into a Camry it will be boring, but quess what most drivers don’t need a sports cars. I drive down the park way every day I couldn’t care less how well a car eats corners or goes from 0-60, give me a car with good suspension, roomy interior, decent sound system, decent trunk space, not bad on gas, cloth seats, get me from point a-b with no suprises and I’m good. Realistically I’d say 10-15% of drivers want what the reviewers want the rest of us buy the 4 banger mid grade cloth version with enough power to merge onto the highway safely.

  • Althea Later

    Is that a fancy upside-down suit-hanger on the front?

  • janon

    Even less reason to buy the base Lexus

  • Konstantin Konyahin

    It looks like a Honda Accord =(

  • ERAN DAUBER

    Beautiful car.
    Safety and reliability are the most important things. in these matters Toyota leads.

  • 31/12/2999

    I read of the people hating the camry design, but every year camry is the mid-size best selling car in the united states for most of 10 years, is not all about design, is all about quality, rommy and reliability. If i can’t buy a Camry, i would prefer to buy a Subaru Legacy, instead an accord, fusion, 6, 200, optima, malibu, or sonata. In term of quality or reliability, nothing can quit the crown to TOYOTA and SUBARU.

  • Harry_Wild

    Best looking sedan ever! Toyota making it happen! There is a Lexus look to it now – luxury looking! LOL!

  • Harry_Wild

    Front “predator” shape grill…again! Oh so ugly looking! Lexus designer must of got demoted and end up in Camry design. LOL!

  • walking by

    just me? or does the eyes look a little doped? and the grille looks like a psycho killer smile.

  • Paul

    It looks horrible, not desirable

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