Toyota’s lighter, trimmer ’18 Camry takes shape

The redesigned Camry is expected to feature more aluminum body panels, helping to shed weight, but offer more rigidity when it shifts to the Toyota New Global Architecture modular platform. Photo credit: BRIAN WILLIAMS | SPIEDBILDE

Despite heavy camouflage, new spy photos suggest that the redesigned 2018 Toyota Camry will be more rakish, with a noticeable lip on the rear deck and new side mirrors.

Spy photographers believe the next Camry’s front fascia consists of a thin, plunging grille slit that takes some inspiration from Toyota’s C-HR subcompact crossover. But the photos also indicate that the Camry will retain some of its predecessors’ design features and proportions.

The redesigned sedan is expected to feature more aluminum body panels, helping to shed weight, but offer more rigidity when it shifts to the Toyota New Global Architecture modular platform.

Toyota is expected to swap out the Camry’s automatic transmission for a continuously variable transmission and possibly offer a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder in place of the V-6 engine option. The hybrid also will return for the 2018 model year.

With the new platform and powertrain changes, the next Camry figures to offer improved fuel economy, ride and handling and additional safety and driver-assistance features. It is expected to go on sale in the fall of 2017 as a 2018 model.

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