New Toyota Camry revealed in Japan, likely to launch in India in 2018

Unlike the North American model of the luxury sedan which features fake air vents as well as four exhaust pipes, the Japanese-spec 2018 Toyota Camry gets a more subtle treatment

By: | Updated: May 23, 2017 5:35 PM

After a few months of revealing the US-spec version of the 2018 Toyota Camry at the Detroit Auto Show, the Japanese carmaker has revealed the sedan in its home country, Japan. The key changes between the two models revealed is based on the market preferences. While the American-spec model is offered with fake air vents and four exhaust pipes that offer a sporty design on the outside, the Japanese-spec Camry has one exhaust pipe and misses out on the air vents as well. For potential customers on this side of the globe, the Camry is positioned as a luxury sedan while in the Easter hemisphere which include North America, it is sold as an executive saloon.

Options to customise the Camry in order to exude a sporty appeal will also be available in the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) model and the company is expected to introduce the 2018 Camry later this year in international markets. India will get the Japanese-spec version as both countries have a RHD (Right-Hand-Drive) format, so the India-bound version will have similar options, speculated to be introduced next year.

On the inside, Toyota have made changes as well with wooden inserts on the dashboard and the centre console along side chrome accents. The images also reveal that Toyota will offer a touchscreen infotainment unit which is expected to be similar to the one available in the current generation Toyota Innova Crysta sold in India. Although the specifications of the Japanese-spec Camry have not yet been revealed, however, the US-spec version is offered with a 2.5 litre petrol, 3.5 litre V6 petrol and 2.5 litre petrol-electric hybrid engine options.

In the next generation, the Toyota Camry will compete with the likes of the Honda Accord Hybrid in the country. The existing model retails at a starting price of Rs 30.70 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi and the new model which is expected to reach Indian showrooms will have a considerable premium. Once introduced, the 2018 Toyota Camry will compete with the likes of the then Honda Accord Hybrid.

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