Spied: Is Toyota Cooking A 2018 Camry TRD Performance Model?

An intriguing prototype of the next-generation Toyota Camry has been snapped while testing and could be the makings of a TRD performance version.

Although the design of the new Camry was first previewed by a NASCAR a couple of months ago, this tester differs from others thanks to a selection of distinctive styling elements in what could prove to be Japan’s answer to the 325hp Ford Fusion Sport.

Most significantly, this 2018 Camry prototype has been outfitted with a heavily revised rear fascia which has all the hallmarks of a performance-focused model. For starters, there’s a small bootlid lip spoiler and a distinctive bumper incorporating quad tailpipes. These elements are then joined with sporty black wheels and low-profile tires.

As the front end of the standard Camry has yet to be revealed, it’s difficult to say what changes may be found on a TRD model. Compared to the outgoing Camry however, these spy shots show a much more angular and muscular face with a sharp grille, prominent lip, tapered headlights and pointed air intakes.

If a Camry TRD does indeed come to fruition, it could be powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 found within the Highlander. While this engine typically delivers 295 hp, a number of minor modifications are inevitable to give the model some added punch. Alongside the engine, there will be an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The usual fleet of suspension and brake changes can also be expected.

As for the rest of the Camry range, all will be underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) and other engines will include a 2.5-liter unit, a petrol-powered electric hybrid, and possibly, a 2.0-liter turbo’d four from Lexus.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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