In 2017 UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) ended the year on a high-note by presenting two exciting products – the Toyota Harrier and C-HR to the market. This year, the company is trying to keep up the momentum by teasing the imminent launch of the all-new Toyota Camry.

Without listing too many details other than its launch date of 1 November 2018, the eight-generation Camry rides on the firm’s Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that boasts renowned build quality, reliability and fun driving experience. Coupled that with its sleek “Keen Look” design, perhaps this new Camry will finally shed its uncle image?

 

Inside, the Camry gets Toyota’s latest-gen Human and Machine Interface (HMI) cabin architecture featuring high-tech gizmos in a classy package. Japan domestic models get fitted with a 7.0-inch LCD multi-info display instrument cluster, 8.0-inch infotainment system with reverse camera, 10.0-inch coloured Heads-Up Display, wood trims as well as ambient lighting. It remains to be seen how UMWT is going to spec the car for our market.

Globally, the Camry is available with two new petrol engines – a 3.5-litre V6 with D-4S Fuel Injection and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Dynamic Force with VVT-iE, the latter paired to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. However, we can safely assume that UMWT will not offer the large capacity 3.5-litre V6 (no thanks to road tax calculations) but fingers crossed the 2.5-litre Dynamic Force engine is in the pipeline.

The new Camry is also available with the Toyota Safety Sense P advanced driver assistance system that bundles Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ PD), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA) and Automatic High Beams (AHB). However, we may only see this system available on the most expensive local Camry variant, if ever.


IMAGE GALLERY

Toyota Camry Japan-spec

Toyota Camry Hybrid Japan-spec


Previous articleHere’s some “M Performance inspiration” for when you’re buying a new X5
Next articleVolkswagen predicts that half of its new cars sold by 2025 will be an SUV
Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.