2018 Toyota Camry Getting Sportier And We Like It
Four trim levels for the 2018 Camry. LE, XLE, SE and XSE! We are most interested in the SE and XSE. These variants demonstrate a sublime transformation of the Camry. For the past six years, the best-selling car in America crossed the path from a boring sedan to the (almost) exciting saloon. The SE and the XSE as a sports trims deliver sport. LE and XLE on the other hand, are more vanilla.
Sure, a praise like this is a bit too much, but the fact is that the new 2018 Toyota Camry resides in the midsts of subtle sportiness.
Design changes are clear. The car sits lower. Hood dropped by 1.6 inches, roof by 1.2 inches, the center of gravity is closer to the ground as are the passengers and the driver. Just by looking at the 2018 Camry, we can see sharper lines, edgier styling and a lot of air intakes/vents. It seems that the Japanese and the Koreans are trying to invigorate the sedan market. After the Stinger GT, the 2018 Camry certainly brought excitement to the shrinking market. Fluid, exciting and sporty lines followed by a cabin nicely shaped around the driver make the Camry far more conspicuous and cool, dare we say it. So-called “Keen Look” design language and the new gen TNGA platform made a sportier Camry a possibility.
It seems that the order for this change came from the top.
“It’s no secret that I like to involve myself in the design process,” said Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota Motor Corporation, who revealed the car. “My team might call it something else.”
Toyoda pledged to eradicate dull and boring designs from the Toyota offering. The Prius Prime was a step in the right direction, but the new Camry sealed the deal. Not only did the Toyota New Global Architecture bring the much-needed change, but it enabled engineers to integrate full swath of high-end tech.
Starting with the inside gizmos, the 2018 Camry features three massive screens. Joining eight-inch central screen are ten-inch head up display and a seven-inch instrument display. They are all part of the Entune 3.0 infotainment system working seamlessly with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
They packed it all in a car now riding on a stiffer and more rigid chassis. TNGA introduced a more high-strength steel to the mix and some new molding technologies. The car is not only lower with stiffer springs and dampers. It is actually structurally improved. Let’s not forget – garnished with rear multilink suspension too. And then fully loaded with an insane amount of active and passive safety tech. This is it – ten airbags, standard pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure assist, and automatic high-beam assist.
Three engine options available from the summer of 2017. Not even one with a turbocharger. 2.5-liter paired with the eight-speed tranny serves the entry-level car. Much more vigorous 3.5-liter V6 is available too. As a third option, Toyota offers a hybrid based around the 2.5 liter Atkinson cycle engine and a CVT. It should be fuel efficient. Others, with faster shifts, stiffer suspensions, better responding engines and higher power should be plenty of fun.
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