Toyota has completely redesigned the popular Camry for 2018, building it on a brand new platform and giving it an extra injection of fun and style. It’s also the first model to receive a collection of vehicle connectivity services dubbed Entune.
“The eighth-generation Camry is completely transformed around the Toyota New Global Architecture – resulting in sleeker, sportier styling, a lower centre of gravity for more dynamic handling, and improved fuel efficiency,” said Toyota Canada vice president Cyril Dimitris. “We’ve then added an impressive cabin, with premium materials, features, and technologies – including Entune connected technology – to create a truly outstanding sedan.”
Entune is standard equipment and is comprised of a suite of onboard apps just like those found on a modern mobile device, built specifically to work in the car. Slacker provides access to a wealth of Internet radio stations, and Yelp locates top-rated nearby restaurants and businesses. Other apps help look up traffic information, weather, stock market results, fuel prices and more. Scout GPS Link pairs with a user’s smartphone to provide real-time navigation.
An enhanced “Plus” version of the suite is offered on the higher tier grades adding optional safety functions such as automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle locater, an emergency assistance button and enhanced roadside assistance. It is complemented by a premium audio system with embedded onboard navigation in lieu of Scout GPS Link.
As always, the sedan will continue to be offered in several classic “L” trim levels, as well as an “S” series featuring sportier body accenting and interior accessories. Both will be available with either a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-litre V6 producing 301 horsepower, paired to an eight-speed direct shift automatic transmission. Additionally, there is a Hybrid Synergy Drive variant as well.
The 2018 Toyota Camry is on sale starting this summer.