Toyota Camry Is Coming Back To Europe With Hybrid Powertrain

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).

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“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.

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  • DMJ

    So we have confirmation that the Toyota Avensis will say goodbye.

  • TheBelltower

    Why would Europe want such mediocracy?

    • erly5

      I don’t think we do!

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      To these eyes, it’s a refreshing change to a sea of lifestyle jacked-up hatchbacks that the UK seems to be so in love with.

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      Mediocrity? The new Camry is a great looking car that drives really well on the TNGA platform…oh and unlike its midsize European competitors offers impeccable quality and reliability…

      • Christian Wimmer

        Man, if those European cars were so horrible then people wouldn‘t buy them.

        I‘m not a Volkswagen fan but they feel more solid and better built than the MEDIOCRE built-to-a-price modern Toyotas I have experienced and driven. Rode in three new Prius taxis recently and was shocked at how cheap they felt. Doors felt cheap, sounded cheap, suspension was loud and nervous on bad roads. Terrible. A buddy of mine has a 2014ish or 2015ish Auris – feels and drives like garbage.

        I don‘t care if Toyota builds the most reliable cars. They are still dull and most (not all) of their cars are built to a price using ancient but reliable technology. If you hate cars, hate driving, are boring, have no imagination and are cheap, buy a Toyota.

        • Seats & a steering wheel

          I suggest you use the internet to look up actual reviews of the new Camry instead of basing an opinion on old Prius Taxis. Any JD power survey will tell you Japanese has better longevity than Euro which give a perception of quality.

        • Thando_Gqabaza

          Your comment is hilarious considering the rubbish that Europe is putting out. And I’m not talking only about reliability.

          3 Series- poor ride, poor NVH, wind noise issues (I’ve owned 2)

          C-Class – Noisy engine, cramped rear seat, lots of rattles

          VW/Audi – let’s not even go there

          German cars are good,VERY GOOD, at one thing : Marketing. To answer your question, that’s why people buy them. But Europe protects its rubbish with tariffs becuase as another poster said, if people tried Japanese cars Euro brands would have a problem

          • Vassilis

            Many may buy their first car because of marketing but if it’s bad they won’t stay loyal to the brand or the origin. In Europe, those who buy German they do so because overall they’re good cars. No idea how they are in the US.

          • Thando_Gqabaza

            I’ve seen many VW fans “Come back for more”

      • TheBelltower

        Nope. Not even as a rental.

  • cat

    This car is not going to be a hit in Europe because the fuel consumption in the city may be low but out of the city and with the batteries run out power the fuel consumption goes up !

  • BobV12

    I only want a Camry to wrap it in the yellow M’&M’s livery and put NASCAR wheels on it

    • Matt Johnson

      So, you’re gonna be like Kyle Busch.

      • BobV12

        Road legal Kyle Busch ^^

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Now I can’t wait for the Avalon to launch there too… 🙂

  • Christian Wimmer

    Every Camry generation FLOPPED in Europe. Why Toyota thinks this one will be successful is beyond me. The only market I can think of where this car may sell well is Russia – and Russia does not represent the „European market.“

    Also, the Avensis was specifically tailored for European tastes and has sold well. What is Toyota doing!?

  • haudit

    Well, the styling is certainly less attuned to European tastes than the Avensis was. The Camry was offered from 1983-2004, and never caught on with buyers, so I honestly don’t see anyone outside fleet buyers having any interest in the Camry Hybrid, at least in the UK, where I think it’ll struggle to match the outgoing Avensis’ 2017 sales total of 3,473 cars.

  • Vassilis

    Horrible idea to use a 2.5 litre engine in Europe.

  • This is gonna be a flop in the UK. Nobody apart from taxi drivers bought the Avensis, and they’ve all moved into Skodas now. Can’t see the business case for bringing the Camry to the UK at all.

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