- Best-Selling Car in America for the last 15 years
- New Gas and Hybrid Powertrains Generate More Horsepower and Class-Leading Estimated MPG
- Standard Toyota Safety Sense-P
- New Emotionally-Charged Design and Performance Experience
- Aggressive Exterior Character Lines and Low Center of Gravity
It’s already making a lot of noise. Now, it’s almost here. The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry, the best-selling car in America for the past 15 years, will be rolling into dealers late summer. The excitement over the eighth-generation sedan is the result of its total evolution, from a proven, dependable and safe car to one that adds a more exciting and emotional character, thanks to its much talked about newfound performance and style.
The new Camry utilizes TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), which represents a completely new strategy to the way the company designs, engineers, and packages its vehicles. TNGA retains all of Toyota’s traditional values of superlative build quality and safety while injecting a fun driving experience that plays on all the senses. The physical manifestation is the usage of a new engine, transmission and GA-K platform.
“With an exhilarating design, refined interior, stirring driving performance, cutting-edge safety and technology, and class-leading fuel efficiency, the all-new Camry retains its excellent value while raising its level of fun and excitement to new heights,” said Bill Fay, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations. “It is, quite simply, the best Camry ever and the benchmark in the mid-size sedan segment.”
The Camry development team aimed for a styling design concept that achieves strong harmony between refinement and a sensual athletic image, creating a new approach to the market. The result is a new signature design language that takes the car into a beautiful and futuristic new direction.
There were three primary design goals when penning the all-new Camry: a distinctive, low center of gravity that results in a firm wide stance; a practical-yet-emotionally styled cabin profile, and a sporty and upscale image both inside and out. These design goals have resulted in a new type of sedan that’s both exciting to look at and, more importantly drive, reestablishing itself as the new standard in the mid-size sedan category.
An Exterior with Unexpected Attitude
The new Camry’s face is accentuated by a two-piece grille comprised of flowing thin and thick treatments – key elements of the Camry’s “Keen Look” design philosophy. The curvaceous 1.6-inch-lower aluminum hood sits neatly above the grille’s uppermost section which accommodates a commanding Toyota emblem. For the hybrid model, the emblem is tinged a distinct blue hue. This fashionable trifecta of grille, hood, and emblem blends flawlessly into the A-pillar, and produces a stance that is undoubtedly more aggressive than that of any predecessor.
The 2018 Camry has a sleeker profile than the current model. By lowering the hip points of the occupants (0.8-inches in the front and 1.2-inches at the rear), and therefore their seating positions, the design team was able to reduce the car’s overall vehicle height by approximately one inch from the current model and incorporate a lower roofline, without sacrificing interior space. This invited the designers to pursue a wind-cutting shape and improve aerodynamics. Striking character lines around and along the body augment the aggressive front and rear fenders, giving the reimagined Camry a sportiness that it’s never had.
The lower hip point, shoulder line, roof line and hood height gives the new Camry the appearance that it has a low center of gravity, which it does. The design team took full advantage of the TNGA platform’s versatility to create a very expressive sedan. They penned ground-hugging lines, and formed an energetic silhouette. Their efforts enhanced the Camry’s stance, which is now striking at all angles.
Like the front, the rear features an athletic motif that melds flowing lines and complex shapes to form a sculpted landscape. Looking closely at the C-pillar’s detail reveals a multitude of surfaces that reflect light from all angles. A distinct crease extends from the slim multicolor taillights down to the bumper, effectively “pushing” the wheels outward in appearance to create a wide posture akin to that of a premium sports sedan. The exclamation point here is provided by a newly designed “C A M R Y” badge that gives the car an upscale identity.
Camry will be available in five grades: L, LE, XLE, SE and XSE. The sportier SE and XSE grades wear a noticeably different body style than the entry level L and LE, and premium XLE grades, highlighted by a sculpted rocker panel, new 19-inch black machined-finish alloy wheels (standard on XSE and optional on SE) a subtle rear spoiler lip, aggressive front bumper, and rear bumper with a lower diffuser. The face is much more distinctive with large side intakes flanking the lower bumper’s unique “Catamaran-inspired” accents, a high and slim upper intake encompassing the central Toyota badge, and a powerfully expressive gloss black mesh grille. A unique rear bumper with distinctive corner lines and smoke-tinted rear combination lamps highlight the changes at the rear.
Designers sought to make the new Camry sport grades instantly recognizable and appear different from the other models from as far as 200 yards away.
Rigid Body/Platform For a Comfortable and Stable Ride
The new Camry provides a high-quality comfortable and stable ride manner with superior handling characteristics using a lightweight, high-rigidity body/platform structure with a 30-percent increase in torsional rigidity.
Despite the increased use of high-tensile-strength sheet metal and hot stamping materials resulting in a lightweight body, further weight reduction has been achieved through the fitment of an aluminum hood, while new construction techniques have led to the use of thinner body panels for the roof, hood, trunk lid, front and rear doors and front fenders when compared with the previous model.
Laser Screw Welding (LSW) has been incorporated at key junctures throughout the body/platform for increased joint rigidity. A special high-rigidity urethane adhesive has been applied to both the windshield and rear window where it meets the vehicle body that helps to realize increased body rigidity.
The fortified body includes additional gussets for the front/rear door frame (B-pillar) that have greatly increased the frame/joint strength.
Also, the front suspension tower brace embedded within the cowl body now makes use of a closed cross-section construction, further advancing the vehicle’s dynamic handling prowess and stability in the corners. At the rear of the vehicle, a new rear body frame of annular construction enhances structural rigidity, joined by additional braces added to the rear suspension that can withstand higher levels of lateral force and increase the vehicle’s lateral rigidity.
Building on the Camry’s undisputed reputation as an extremely smooth and quiet car in its class, Toyota engineers incorporated a variety of new noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures that were previously found exclusively on luxury models. These include sound absorbing/insulation through the fitment of a hood insulator and upper and lower fender separator. The passenger compartment is further insulated from the engine and road noise using foam/vibration dampening materials throughout the vehicle along with a thicker dash silencer mat across the entire interior firewall section. Furthermore, a special vibration-damping coating has been applied over a wider area of the underfloor, joined by noise-proofing material encompassing more surface area of the interior’s ceiling. Wind noise has been suppressed through a newly-designed rain gutter molding and a reduction in the step at the bottom of the windshield.
Expanded Exterior Colors
Three new colors join an expanded exterior palette for the new Camry. New colors include Wind Chill Pearl, Brownstone, and Galactic Aqua Mica. They join holdovers, Super White, Celestial
Silver Metallic, Predawn Gray Mica, Midnight Black Metallic, Ruby Flare Pearl, Blue Streak Metallic, and Blue Crush Metallic. Camry XSE models will also offer a Midnight Black Metallic roof option mated to a choice of Blue Streak Metallic, Celestial Silver, or Wind Chill Pearl body colors.
The exterior palette will be mated to interior colors in either Ash, Macadamia or Black. A sporty Cockpit Red interior is available on the XSE.
Striking and Comfortable Cabin
The completely redesigned interior is a fusion of functionality, futuristic styling, and a high degree of personal space and craftsmanship. While the driver is situated in a sporty cockpit-type environment having gauges angled toward his or her direction, the front passenger is treated to a sense of openness and freedom that results from the innovative dashboard design. A key visual element of this driver-focused design concept is a sweeping yet elegant new character line that flows down from the instrument cluster and bisects the center console waterfall. The design of the entire front console strikes a smooth connection between the ease of use of all controls/systems and a handsome and modern sculptural look that is pleasing to the eye. All surfaces throughout the cabin—dashboard, instrument panel, center console, door trim, etc.—employ the highest grade of soft touch and premium materials. Using an approach typically used in home furnishings, the design utilizes a mix of tones and hues throughout the space rather than a strict color profile. The result is a cabin space having diverse colors and materials, and that enhances passenger comfort and visual satisfaction.
The new front seats have improved ergonomics, providing maximum comfort with a newfound level of ease and engagement to match the Camry’s elevated performance and athleticism. Rear-seat accommodations are more refined than ever too, with improved comfort and ergonomics. Exquisite stitching on the front- and rear-seat surfaces is but one example of the high level of craftsmanship found throughout the vehicle.
Accessible Information Designed With Minimal Distraction
The new Camry features Toyota’s latest in-vehicle information technology whose next-generation displays offer a unique level of integrated information with minimal distraction. It relays information through three available interlinked displays: a 10-inch color Head-Up Display (HUD); a seven-inch multi-information display within the instrument cluster, and an eight-inch audio/navigation/HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) control panel that’s seamlessly integrated into the center console in a modern, flush-surface design. Convenient and highly intuitive operation is assured through customizable features and smart phone-like touch screen icons that create a seamless connection and user workflow between the in-vehicle information technology and other digital media.
2018 Camry: Further Implementation of the Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA)
Development of the all-new Camry has been advanced by Toyota’s company-wide implementation of Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). TNGA builds upon Toyota’s engineering and design strengths to make every new vehicle even better, with the all-new Toyota Camry being the first vehicle to take full advantage of the new architecture for creating fun-to-drive vehicles.
TNGA is much more than an approach to designing a vehicle’s platform; it is a new strategy that strengthens the development of Toyota vehicles going forward in an unprecedented manner, while playing an important role as the driving force behind the transformation of the company itself as it incorporates many ways of working with a variety of new and advanced technologies.
While each department involved in the development of new vehicles advanced the “kaizen” or continuous improvement within their respective area of design/engineering expertise to make every Toyota vehicle even better, the development of the new TNGA-based Camry progressed as a single unified team that encompassed all areas of the vehicle’s development.
The all-new Camry’s TNGA-based body/platform has created a new dimension of design freedom that includes an extended wheelbase and a wider vehicle stance, realizing a stylish and sporty new design aesthetic.
Along with the new platform, an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine, new Direct Shift-8AT eight-speed automatic transmission and a new double wishbone rear suspension design are all representative technologies that have evolved through TNGA. The most noticeable change for the driver will be that TNGA will deliver an unprecedented level of driving enjoyment through dynamic and spirited handling capability.
Through TNGA, the Camry now has an ideal driving position for the driver—allowing for better concentration on the road ahead while helping to reduce driver fatigue—along with improving the overall seating position for all the vehicle’s occupants. Thanks to these changes, plus the reconfigured lower beltline height and the more integrated design of the instrument panel, the driver and front passenger will experience more expansive outward visibility. Lateral visibility for the driver is enhanced, thanks to a repositioning of the A-pillars and side view mirrors; this design reconfiguration further aids the sense of openness for both the driver and the front passenger.
More Power With Class-leading MPG
Three new powertrains will be available on the new 2018 Camry: They include an all-new 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder D-4S gasoline engine and a new 3.5-liter V6 with D-4S Fuel Injection, both of which are paired to a new eight-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission (8AT); and a next-generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS II).
TNGA-Inspired 2.5-Liter 4-Cylinder Dynamic Force Engine
Providing high power output with smooth and highly refined operation, the Camry’s new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine has outstanding combustion efficiency. This new powerplant incorporates an array of Toyota’s most advanced technologies including Dual VVT-i with VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing intelligent system by Electric motor), D-4S (Direct injection 4-stroke gasoline engine Superior version) direct injection and laser-clad valve seats for optimal power production, emissions performance and fuel efficiency. With its long-stroke and high compression ratio, multi-hole direct fuel injectors, variable cooling system and VVT-iE, this high-output powerplant takes the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine to an increased level of thermal efficiency.
The engine features VVT-iE on the intake side while utilizing VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) for the exhaust, a highly efficient compression ratio of 13:1 (14:1 for the hybrid version) for increased thermal efficiency and fuel efficiency and a bore and stroke measuring 3.44 inches and 4.07 inches, respectively; the stroke has been increased from the previous 3.86 inches to achieve the higher compression ratio.
Peak horsepower is estimated at 206 at 6,600 rpm (176 horsepower at 5,700 rpm in the hybrid configuration) with torque estimated at 186 lb.-ft. at 5,000 rpm (163 lb.-ft. at 3,600-5,200 rpm for the hybrid). Fuel economy is rated at an EPA-estimate of 29 mpg city/41 mpg highway/34 mpg combined), a 26 percent improvement for combined mpg over the previous model.
The innovative Dual VVT-i with VVT-iE variable valve timing system uses an electric motor instead of oil pressure to control variable valve timing, helping the system enhance fuel efficiency with cleaner exhaust emissions—even when operating in cold temperatures or at low RPMs.
Utilizing a combination of both higher-pressure direct fuel injection (DI) and lower-pressure port fuel injection (PFI) – – controlling the appropriate fuel injection method in accordance with certain driving/operational conditions – – and new multi-hole (six per injector) nozzle direct injectors further elevate both fuel economy and power production.
Other important new technological innovations for the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine include a variable cooling system, full variable oil pump and a cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system.
3.5-Liter V-6 Engine
Like the 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine, the Camry’s newly-developed 3.5-liter V-6 is equipped with the highly-advanced D-4S direct injection system, along with a specially-developed new VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) variable valve timing system. Thanks to the addition of these highly efficient engine technologies, it delivers higher power output, and class-leading fuel efficiency.
The 24-valve DOHC 3.5-liter V-6 engine employs the VVT-iW system for the intake, with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing – Intelligent) on the exhaust, an efficient 11.8:1 compression ratio and a more squared bore and stroke of 3.70 inches and 3.27 inches, respectively, in comparison to the longer stroke of the Camry’s new 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder power plant. Power output is rated at 301 horsepower at 6,600 rpm an impressive torque rating of 267 ft.-lb. at 4,700 rpm. Despite its exceptional power output, the new 3.5-liter V-6 engine achieves exemplary fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated rating of 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway/26 mpg combined, an increase of eight percent for combined mpg over the previous V6.
The V-6’s VVT-iW variable valve timing system has been engineered to ensure high torque production at all engine speeds. It utilizes the Atkinson cycle to enhance fuel economy without sacrificing performance or engine start ability at extremely low temperatures as well as in wide-open throttle (WOT) engine operation. Fuel efficiency is further enhanced by decreasing pumping losses from the delayed closing of the intake valves.
Direct Shift Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
Both the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine and the 3.5-liter V-6 are equipped with the new Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission that allows the driver to freely experience the direct and impressive acceleration capability of the engines, along with the satisfyingly crisp-yet-smooth, quick-shifting capability of a performance-oriented gearbox. What’s more, not only does this transmission deliver outstanding fuel economy, it also always operates within a calm and refined manner.
The unit’s gear ratios have been carefully selected for enhanced power delivery as well as optimal fuel efficiency, with the mid-range gears utilizing close ratios to improve passing power.
The new gearbox also includes a torque converter that offers a wider range of lock-up (when compared to the previous 6-speed automatic transmission) for a more direct driving feel while contributing to improved fuel efficiency through suppressed engine revving.
Other impressive features engineered into this 8-speed automatic transmission include new control logic, for more precise matching of engine torque, and smoother transitions when downshifting.
Toyota Hybrid System
Like the new Camry’s conventional gasoline powertrain, the new Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) has been engineered to provide spirited performance and driving enjoyment—including new Sequential Shiftmatic technology that allows the driver to “shift” the continuously-variable transmission (CVT), mimicking a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission via paddle shifters (on SE grade) or with the console-mounted shift lever—while simultaneously achieving an optimal balance between high power output and exemplary energy efficiency.
The 2018 Camry Hybrid is available in three grades, LE, SE, and XLE. In addition to its enhanced handling and driving performance, the hybrid version of the new Camry achieves outstanding fuel efficiency with a best-in-class EPA-estimated mpg of 51 city/ 53 highway/52 combined on the LE grade, an impressive 30 percent increase for combined mpg, and 44 city/47 highway/46 combined on the SE and XLE, reflecting an increase of 21 percent for combined mpg.
Dynamic performance is assured thanks to optimal control of the engine working in concert with the electric motor (MG2), while exemplary energy efficiency is achieved by using both electric motors (MG1 and MG2) for hybrid battery charging.
Driving characteristics and trunk room are improved through the implementation of the new TNGA packaging as it allows for the hybrid system’s battery pack to be moved from the trunk area to beneath the rear seat, positioning the battery weight at a lower center of gravity axis.
The updated Power Control Unit (PCU) of the new hybrid system plays a key role in improving the operational efficiency of this eco-sensitive powertrain.
Thanks to improvements in the conversion efficiency of the PCU and the transaxle/electric motor, they combine to reduce energy loss by a total of approximately 20 percent. Additionally, improvements to cooling system efficiency has reduced energy loss by about 10 percent.
Just like the Prius, the PCU is lighter and more compact as a result of integrating microcontrollers and using a new power stack structure, allowing the unit to be packaged directly above the transaxle. This new design lowers the vehicle’s overall center of mass and allows for a lower hood height.
Another key change to the PCU is a revised DC-DC converter (converts a source of direct current from one voltage level to another) that sees its control output optimized – – including the conversion to AC power – – helping to reduce the vehicle’s overall power consumption. What’s more, the output filter for the DC-DC converter has been redesigned so that it is more dimensionally compact (improved packaging/weight savings) and produces less noise (reduced NVH).
The 2018 Camry Hybrid is equipped with a Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery pack on the LE grade and Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery pack on the SE and XLE.
Along with the traditional Camry Hybrid system drive modes of NORMAL, ECO and EV, a new SPORT drive mode setting has been added that allows for an increase in power from the hybrid system for improved acceleration response relative to pedal input. The NORMAL, ECO, and SPORT modes can each be used while EV mode is activated.
The Camry Hybrid also features the new Auto Glide Control (AGC), which helps to improve fuel efficiency by calculating an efficient coasting logic. When driving normally, engine braking will slow the vehicle down when the driver lifts off from the accelerator pedal. However, to avoid aggressive engine braking, AGC limits the loss of vehicle speed through an automatic drive setting that acts more like a neutral gear, allowing the vehicle to coast to the stoplight.
An AGC indicator light is illuminated on the Multi-Information Display (MID) when AGC is in operation to alert the driver that less deceleration torque than normal is currently being used. Of note, AGC can only be activated when the vehicle is being operated in the ECO drive mode setting.
A New Experience Focused on Vastly Superior Driving Dynamics
While in the throes of development, the Camry’s engineering team had a huge challenge on their collective to-do list: Create a soul-stirring sedan possessing enhanced, praise-worthy driving dynamics.
At the foundation of the Camry’s sporty handling and enhanced ride quality is its high-strength body/platform structure. Through the increased use of ultra-high-tensile steel and the application of a new molding technology it delivers enhanced structural rigidity.
Further aiding performance is an innovative new double wishbone rear suspension system that imbues the chassis with responsive handling and precise steering control while simultaneously delivering ride quality on par with premium luxury vehicles. A new four-point engine mounting system adds to the vehicle’s civil road manners as it greatly reduces unwanted noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) from permeating into the passenger compartment.
Toyota Safety That Makes Sense
Among the many features on the 2018 Camry is the standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) suite of safety systems and technologies that is helping to make gradual progress towards Toyota Motor Corporation’s ultimate goal of “zero casualties from accidents.” This multi-feature advanced active safety suite bundles cutting edge active safety technologies including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA); and Automatic High Beams (AHB). Select models will also come with standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). The available Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) also includes a new Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) system.
All 2018 Camry’s have 10 standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System™, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology®. All Camry’s also come equipped with a standard backup camera.
Ever Better Entune™ 3.0 Multimedia For Everyone
Camry drivers will be the first to enjoy enhanced connectivity and entertainment through the new Toyota Entune™ 3.0 multimedia system. The new 2018 Camry will feature Entune 3.0 on all models, offering an enhanced set of connected vehicle technologies.
The Entune™ 3.0 system will feature navigation and Entune™ 3.0 App Suite Connect for everyone. All Camry four-cylinder and hybrid models will come standard with the Connected Navigation Scout® GPS Link with Moving Maps. Camry V6 models will offer the new Dynamic
Navigation system, providing improved map accuracy. The wireless map updates provide over-the-air map downloads of recently added roads and point-of-interest not contained in the existing head unit map.
Entune™ 3.0 delivers several new technologies including available Remote Connect, which provides remote start and door unlock capability, vehicle status notifications, a guest driver monitor, and vehicle finder. Keeping up with your vehicle’s health status has never been easier. Available Service Connect will provide up-to-date vehicle information on fuel level, maintenance alerts, and more. Entune™ 3.0 will also offer available in-vehicle Wi-Fi Connect powered by Verizon, allowing up to five mobile devices to connect using 4G LTE.
The new 2018 Camry will also offer a JBL® premium audio system that features new advancements in sound quality. Sound enhancements include Sound Staging, which positions speakers directly in front of the listener to help emulate a live concert venue; Low Frequency Sounds, made possible by an added 10.1-inch subwoofer; Clari-Fi, a technology that “un-compresses” music to help restore an audio track’s dynamic range; and nine speakers that are specifically tuned to the Camry’s cabin dimensions and materials.
Camry — Everybody’s All-American
For three decades, Camry’s American manufacturing home has been Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Ky. Most Camrys sold in America are assembled in Georgetown by about 8,000 proud American team members. This pride has been reflected by the fact the current-generation Camry is the best-selling car in America and has held this sales crown for 15 consecutive years! Overall Camry sales in the U.S. since it first launched back in 1983 have surpassed 10 million units, and counting.
With Camry as a cornerstone of its US operations, Toyota has been part of the cultural fabric of America for nearly 60 years. With over $22 billion in direct U.S. investment, including 10 manufacturing facilities, 1,500 dealerships and 136,000 dedicated employees, Toyota has produced 25 million vehicles in the U.S. over the last 30 years.
History of Camry
Sold in more than 100 countries, the Toyota Camry is the segment leader in many global markets where it is available. Introduced in Japan in 1982, the Camry was Toyota’s first mass-produced vehicle with a transverse engine layout. Its welcomed combination of affordability with superior packaging, quality and engineering was a revolutionary concept, allowing the Camry to distinguish itself from other, notably larger American sedans that were popular at the time. One could say it was a pioneer in establishing the Midsize-sedan segment. In the following years, theCamry became a sales success everywhere it was sold. Today, Camry remains a key model in the Toyota lineup and is manufactured in multiple plants around the globe, with total sales surpassing 18 million units.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP for the new 2018 Toyota Camry gas models will range from $23,495 for the value-driven L grade 4-cylinder to $34,950 for the Premium XSE V6. The MSRP for the Camry hybrid will range from $27,800 for the LE to $32,250 for the XLE.
The MSRP for the Camry does not include the delivery, processing, and handling (DPH) fee of $885. The DPH fee for vehicles distributed by Southeast Toyota (SET) and Gulf States Toyota (GST) may vary.
MSRP Prices are do not Include Delivery, Processing and Handling (DPH) fee
Specification and Product Information
- 2018 Camry Specification and Product Information .pdf
- 2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Specification and Product Information Sheet .pdf
Staying Connected With Next-Generation Camry Technology
The all-new 2018 Camry takes advanced technology to a higher level with an array of
new connected and safety advancements.
Data Communication Module (DCM)
Toyota kicks off its new connected framework with the all-new Camry. The framework is
built with Entune™ 3.0 and will feature new innovations in connectivity.
The DCM keeps an internet connection via a service provider to maintain a connection
to the Toyota Smart Center, which can provide notifications and updates seamlessly to the
vehicle. Such updates can include map and route navigation that display key points of interest
and developments on the road to keep the driver informed.
Through the internet connection, the Camry can act as a hub and host up to five Wi-Fienabled
devices giving passengers connectivity on the go.
DCM-equipped Entune™3.0 systems come with increased peace of mind through the
available Safety Connect. With the push of a button, the system is designed to connect to a live
operator who can assist with navigation and/or an emergency situation.
Entune™3.0 Remote Connect
Controlled via a smartphone app, the available Entune™3.0 Remote Connect allows a
suite of features for the owner to access. Remote start and remote stop allow the driver to warm
up the vehicle on a cold day or shut it down if left running from outside the car. Lock and unlock
functions as well as custom parameters can be set for guest drivers such as the valet function to
provide a push notification if the vehicle exceeds a set speed.
A feature within the Entune™ 3.0 suite, Service Connect monitors vehicle conditions and
statistics for remote diagnostic updates on everything from fuel level and mileage to
maintenance alerts and more. The results of the diagnostic check can be sent to the owner and
local Toyota dealership for a quick and effortless resolution.
JBL® with Clari-Fi
The sound system of the Camry has been significantly upgraded, thanks to the
collaboration with noted audio provider, JBL. Models equipped with the available Entune™ 3.0
Audio Plus with JBL® with Clari-Fi – or the Entune™3.0 Premium Audio with JBL® with Clari-Fi
package – includes a power amplifier and nine-speaker system allowing passengers to enjoy
high fidelity and a studio-like experience.
The nine-speaker configuration is arranged to balance a full range of high/mid/low tones
to suit any musical taste. A unique feature is the addition of JBL’s “Clari-Fi” software which
scans compressed media-such as MP3s, YouTube, streaming media, and identifies data
missing due to the format compression. The software then analyzes the data and restores the
missing elements to produce crisper, wider and more dynamic sounds that are faithful to the
Voice Recognition/Mobile Assistant
Toyota continues to advance connectivity options and solutions. With the revamped
Voice Recognition software equipped on the all-new Camry, the system has been optimized to
better understand commands and inquiries in a more natural setting. Voice Recognition will
utilize Toyota’s server databases to better assist the user by accessing previous requests within
the server. This gives the system flexibility to fill in the gaps from asking suggestions for a great
restaurant to an address based on partial information.
If a smartphone is connected via Bluetooth (iOS or Android), users can access their
smartphone assistant with the telephone switch on the steering wheel. The same commands
and functions are available as with the stand-alone smartphone to ease connectivity on the go.
Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS)
As with every past model of the Toyota Camry, this one is no different in that it features
advanced safety equipped to help make the driving experience safe. For the all-new Camry is
Toyota’s available Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), which helps to greatly reduce the chance
of collision with adjacent vehicles or objects at low speed, such as when navigating inside a
parking lot or pulling into a parking space.
The system employs eight sensors located at both the front/front corners and rear/rear
corners of the vehicle that extend the detection distance as well as the detection range,
sounding an audible alarm to alert the driver as the vehicle moves closer towards the object. It
will automatically apply the brakes if the distance is further reduced without intervention by the
Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB)
The new available Rear Cross Traffic Braking is an additional function of Intelligent
Clearance Sonar (ICS). When reversing the vehicle, RCTB utilizes quasi-millimeter wave radar
(same as the Blind Spot Monitor) to detect approaching vehicles. If the sensors detect a
possibility of a collision, the brake control is activated, helping to reduce the amount of collision
Bird’s Eye View Monitor
The available Bird’s Eye View Monitor makes use of four high-resolution cameras
mounted on the front, sides and rear of the vehicle to help give the driver a bird’s-eye view of
the near-vehicle environment, assisting the driver when parking or making tight maneuvers.
Additionally, vehicles equipped with the Pedestrian Detection Function are designed to
detect a pedestrian who is stationary or approaching behind the car, alerting the driver to their
presence through an audible alert and a notification on the display.
Ready, Set, Go! Driving the New Camry, a Dynamic Experience
It’s immediately obvious that the new Camry is a different breed from past models just by
looking at it, but the real revelation comes when you get behind its steering wheel. As the
Camry’s Vehicle Performance Leader, Yoichi Mizuno, boldly declared when the car was
unveiled at the North American International Auto Show: “You will feel the difference in how the
new Camry behaves five seconds into your drive.”
During a press demonstration, media test drivers discovered that he wasn’t
exaggerating—actually, far from it— as each one of them noticed a striking difference in the way
the new Camry felt the moment they pressed the accelerator pedal compared to the previous
The 2018 Camry takes off from a standstill in a smooth manner, but can really jump off
the line if you mash the throttle, as the front tires take a firm bite of the tarmac and quickly
propel the vehicle to cruising speed. Once there, you realize how well-composed and controlled
the car is. Part of the credit here goes to the new Camry’s enhanced aerodynamics, which
includes full underfloor covers, with aero stabilizing fins, that help enhance the car’s firmness
and fuel efficiency at speed. Also, extensions and aero fins on the trailing edge of the rear
bumper control and prevent the separation of air as it flows toward the rear of the vehicle. On
some models, a shield inside the lower grille lowers drag inside the engine compartment, while
the hybrid features a shutter located behind the grille that automatically opens and closes to
optimize air flow into the engine compartment and improves aerodynamics.
“We worked hard to maximize the aerodynamic efficiency of the Camry at high speed,
not only to enhance driving control, but to also contribute to the car’s amazing fuel efficiency
through less air resistance,” Mizuno said.
The Camry’s new, Dynamic Force 2.5-liter inline-4 cylinder remains remarkably quiet,
but it does let out a melodious growl when the throttle is mashed. The Camry accelerates swiftly
and smoothly, thanks to the high efficiency of the new engine. Not only does it provide the
Camry with ample power both off the line and in the mid-rpm ranges, it also exhibits excellent
efficiency, thanks to advanced engine technologies achieving greater thermal efficiency with
high output and a reduction in energy loss associated with, among others, exhaust and cooling
systems and the movement of mechanical parts.
For those who prefer a bit more power, the newly developed 3.5-liter V-6 provides a
formidable low-end and mid-range punch, allowing the new Camry to keep pace with premium
sports sedans. The V-6 also comes with the D-4S, but with another version of Toyota’s variable
valve-timing-and-lift technology called VVT-i (W).
You might be surprised to hear that many felt the model most suited for driving
enthusiasts was the Camry Hybrid, thanks to a new SPORT mode that enhances the car’s
acceleration. With four modes to choose from (EV, Normal, Eco, and Sport), the Camry Hybrid
drivers can customize their driving experience to whatever fits their mood, whether that be on
city roads or through a challenging mountain pass. It also features Sequential Shiftmatic, a new
system that allows for manual-like gear changes via paddle shifters on the Hybrid SE grade to
enhance the sporty driving experience.
On the open highway, the Camry retains its character as one of the smoothest and
quietest sedans in the marketplace. The ride quality is smoother than even the previous model,
while the cabin remains remarkably quiet. Despite its smoother ride character, the new Camry’s
handling has been dramatically enhanced. The suspension system has been completely
redesigned, with the front unit now consisting of an improved version of the previous
generations MacPherson strut setup, while the rear receives a double wishbone system that
provides a high sense of control and instills driver confidence.
Around the racetrack, the Camry turned-in sharply, thanks in part to the precision of the
electric rack-and-pinion steering system. The car remained composed through a variety of
corners, exhibiting minimal body roll and tire slippage. The overall handling balance felt neutral,
and the grip limits of the tires were high. Also on display here was the car’s super rigid body
structure that was apparent in quick left/right transitions.
Mizuno credits the new Camry’s agility to the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture)
chassis, where the car’s major components, including the passengers themselves, have been
placed lower in the vehicle. Even the Hybrid system has been repositioned under the hood in a
new configuration while the Hybrid battery is also lower; positioned under the rear seating.
A lower center of gravity results in better overall performance because vehicle load is more evenly
distributed among the four tires during accelerating, braking and cornering.
“The new Camry is an extremely balanced machine with much more excitement and
emotion than any model before it. It keeps you comfortable and fresh on long drives, while
encouraging you to go faster on twisty roads,” said Masato Katsumata, the Chief Engineer of
the new Camry. “It is a true driver’s car that we engineered to behave exactly as the driver
A Tale of Two Camrys
It’s a popular storyline that has been told a number of different ways throughout history:
Two contrasting personalities within the same person. Most of us can relate because each one
of us hides a wild side within. The same holds true with the new Camry. Many are content with
premium refinement, and have an expectation of what the Camry is. For others, the Camry lineup
has a taste of edge and new-found excitement up its sleeve.
The all-new 2018 Camry also has a wild, sporty side, but unlike before, it’s evident upon
first glance. Whereas the Camry L, LE and XLE carry the air of a dapper gentleman or proper
lady, the two sport models, the Camry SE and XSE, are all about unleashing our inner
playfulness or letting our hair down, and being unapologetic about it.
The all-new Camry has vastly enhanced driving dynamics, thanks in part to Toyota’s
innovative TNGA strategy, which includes a totally reimagined platform and a pair of efficient,
yet powerful Dynamic Force engines. The new platform (GA-K platform. GA” meaning Global
Architecture) is shared by all grades; there beyond that is where they begin to show their unique
characteristics. Because the L, LE, XLE Camry models already possess an expressive and
sleek body, the exterior styling of the SE and XSE needed to really stand out, according to
Camry’s Project Chief Designer, Akira Kubota.
“They needed to scream to onlookers that Camry possesses a true sports-sedan heart.
Therefore, we had to make the grades appear clearly different, so they can be instantly
distinguished from 200 yards away,” Kubota said.
The SE and XSE sport models feature their own unique and aggressive body styles
befitting a high-performance premium sports sedan, highlighted by an aggressive face with
large side intakes, a high and slim upper intake where the Toyota badge resides, and a powerful
center portion with a bold black mesh grille pattern.
The front end of the SE and XSE models employ three unique openings for the grille,
including a pair of wide trapezoidal openings in the lower corners of the front fascia. A highly
stylish and eye-catching detail is their positioning that keeps a low center of gravity while
forming an extension to the rocker panels.
The two sport models’ aggressive nature is further enhanced with the available two-tone
paint scheme, adding a Midnight Black Metallic painted roof (with matching black painted rear
spoiler and exterior mirror housings), that makes the vehicle’s center of gravity appear even
lower by the blacked-out greenhouse. Additionally, the two-tone color scheme accentuates the
sporty and handsomely sculpted shape for both the A- and C-pillar sections of the vehicle.
At the rear of the vehicle, a rear spoiler is added to the top of the trunk lid to aid in
aerodynamics while subtle diffuser fins have been added around the dual exhaust outlets (dual
exhausts with quad chrome tips in the case of all XSE grades), improving aerodynamic
performance as they help to direct airflow. The XSE dawns smoked rear combination lenses
with the hi-grade trim featuring full-LED lighting. The wide stance and athleticism of the two
sport models are further enhanced at the rear of the vehicle by accents at the outer corners of
the rear bumper. And to complete the package, they come with black-painted, machine-finish
18-inch or available 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, much of the new Camry’s already efficient and handsomely-styled
interior is maintained. The seats on the XSE feature an available Cockpit Red leather with
intricate perforation to transform the interior from a relaxed state to a beast within.
While the two sport models will no doubt attract a new segment of younger, more
expressive customers, the new Camry offers traditional owners who have come to love the
model’s civility and reliability, an opportunity to shed their inhibitions and take a drive on the wild
From the beginning, the development team wanted to expand the appeal of the Camry.
This is most evident with Chief Engineer Masato Katsumata’s direction, “We wanted to make an
impact with current owners, to shake things up and leave a lasting impression with current and
All-New Toyota Camry — Developed to Deliver a Total Driving Experience
With the full implementation of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) in the new
Camry, the car’s designers and engineers had an opportunity to develop the eighth-generation
model from scratch. So instead of resting on past laurels and taking the safe route of basing the
new model on the same formula that has made past Camrys the best-selling mid-size sedan in
the world, Chief Engineer, Masato Katsumata, had other plans. He wanted to redefine the genre
and create something that would stir people’s souls, so he went about producing a sedan that
not only embraced the Camry’s traditional core components of performance and intelligence,
but also added one more element to the mix: Experience.
“‘Performance’ refers to the fundamentals of a car, which includes driving dynamics,
spaciousness and fuel economy,” explained Katsumata. “‘Intelligence’ deals with the
innovations and ingenuity that enables convenient and satisfying use of a car. In the past, the
Camry received high marks in the area of performance and intelligence for what is called a
practical value that can be expressed in numbers. But the new Camry has been completely
reexamined precisely from the ground up, taking it to an even higher level. We are now adding
‘Experience’ to the mix, or in other words, an emotional value that cannot be expressed in
numbers, essentially integrating the exhilaration felt in one’s heart when looking at and driving
A quick look at the specifications will reveal that the new Camry possesses all the
attributes of a premium sports sedan, which includes a dashing exterior and interior design, a
low center of gravity—where the passengers are positioned low on the body—a rigid body
structure and responsive steering and suspension system, all well-balanced with the Camry’s
traditional strong suits of a comfortable interior and a smooth and quiet ride quality.
Even the Camry badging was given careful attention to signify this Camry is like none
before it. The complex three-dimensional design mimics the intricate surfaces outside and the
attention to detail inside.
Katsumata wanted to retain these basic values that contributed to the model’s past
success so he turned to Project Chief Designer Akira Kubota to make sure that the passengers
of the new Camry, despite its sporty demeanor, felt that they were in a comfortable sedan the
moment they step inside. And it’s evident with one look that Kubota delivered…and then some.
The new Camry’s cabin is a picture of efficiency and taste, defined by an elegant dashboard
design and high-grade materials.
“We were successful in creating an interior where the driver would have a comfortable
sense of enclosure while providing the passenger with a comfortable sense of openness that
can be felt immediately. This is really achieved with the “S-curve” of the center cluster and
center console. It keeps things within reach for the driver with a feeling of a cockpit. On the
other hand, the passenger has a space that feels expansive with beautiful ornamentation. I
wanted the front passenger to have an exciting experience, as much as the driver,” Kubota said.
To enhance the new Camry’s driving dynamics, Katsumata injected a hearty dose of
excitement and emotion to its road-going manners. Thanks to the TNGA, which also includes a
new Dynamic Force engine and Direct Shift-8AT (8-speed automatic transmission), the new
Camry accelerates and corners like no other model before it. Credit here goes to Yoichi Mizuno,
the Vehicle Performance Leader of the new Camry.
“Stepping on the accelerator transmits traction directly onto the road surface. The car
responds to the driver’s precise wishes, which means drivers feel comfortable because the car
feels directly linked to their intentions. As a result, there is minimal disconnect between the
driver… on your way to work, driving with your family, or when out driving recreationally, the
new Camry is always at one with you, telling you to enjoy driving. We made the Camry so it
would feel that way,” he said.
Katsumata insists that the new Camry was the result of everyone on his team, from the
draft board to the assembly line, sharing the same vision and goals, which was to make the new
model more exciting than ever before. He said: “Everyone on our development team was
working toward the same goal in creating this car. I feel we have made a car that stirs the soul,
by looking at it, touching its surfaces and riding in it. This is a car that people can drive for a very
long time. Every time you step into the car a pleasant surprise awaits you, and you’ll look
forward to your next drive.”