After a 14-year absence, Toyota is taking the Camry back to the other side of the Atlantic, where it will go on sale starting next year. Toyota said it will be sold across Western Europe, including the UK.
The eighth generation model, which celebrated its premiere at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, will be a “self-charging hybrid with a new 2.5-liter hybrid electric system”, according to Toyota, which hasn’t said anything else about the Euro-spec version of the car.
Nevertheless, it will likely get the same mechanical parts as its overseas sibling. This means a 2.5-liter I-4 engine, with 206PS (203hp / 151kW) and 250Nm (184lb-ft) of torque, aided by a 120PS (118hp / 88kW) and 202Nm (149lb-ft) electric motor.
The North American Toyota Camry Hybrid uses a lithium-ion battery with two voltages: 259V and 245V, and can be had with an eight-speed automatic transmission or an eCVT (electronically controlled continuously variable transmission).
“Camry will return in its all-new, eighth generation form, showcasing the engineering and design benefits of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA)”, explained Toyota. “The TNGA platform is central to achieving strong ‘fun-to-drive’ dynamic qualities together with alluring styling, precision build quality, highly efficient packaging and the use of innovative, user-friendly technologies.”
The 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes in three trim levels in the States. The first one is the LE, with an MSRP of $27,950, followed by the $29,650 SE and the range-topping XLE, with its $32,400 starting price.
When it arrives in the United Kingdom, it will be more expensive than the two Auris hybrids: the hatchback and estate, which start from £20,160 ($26,555) and £21,260 ($28,004), respectively. It will top the £21,880 ($28,821) C-HR Hybrid, too, and will probably be slightly more expensive than the £29,010 ($38,213) base RAV4 Hybrid.