2018 Toyota Camry launched in Australia

New-gen fully imported Toyota Camry lands

The all-new fully imported Toyota Camry has been launched into Australia, prices for the new 2018 Toyota Camry will start from $27,690.

Launched today in Coffs Harbour, we are on hand at the event and will provide a first drive review of the new Camry tomorrow.

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Aside from the interest in the new version of the top-selling mid-size car in our local market, there is the added spice of the new model being the first fully-imported Toyota Camry to hit Aussie roads.

The new Toyota Camry is built in Japan and is a completely new model from the ground up, it also welcomes, for the first time in a number of years, a V6 engine (the Toyota Aurion being discontinued).

The offering welcomes new model grades, new/improved engines and, not surprisingly, the Camry hybrid will continue.

The man behind the new model, Toyota Chief Engineer, Masato Katsumata, says the Camry has long been successful in the local market because of its reputation for being reliable and dependable.

But, he said, today buyers want an “emotional vehicle” too, and he said the new car does just that.

Built on all-new platform, the new Camry welcomes more space inside, both in the front and rear.

The dashboard is not as bulky as in previous models, Toyota also lowering the bonnet height and reducing the size of the A-pillars for better visibility.

While on road, Mr Katsumata said dynamic performance is improved through a lower centre of gravity, a more rigid body and new rear suspension design.

The model is also said to be quieter and welcomes a more comfortable ride.

Standard features include pre-collision warning/emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, alloy wheels, and an electric park brake.

There is an all-new infotainment system in the new Camry, though at this stage there is no Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

2018 Toyota Camry Engine/Model Range:

  • 133kW/231Nm 2.5 litre four-cylinder - (Ascent/SX/Ascent Sport/SL)
  • 224kW/362Nm 3.5 litre V6 - (SX/SL)
  • 160kW 2.5 litre petrol/electric hybrid (previously 118kW/213Nm) - (Ascent Sport/SL)

The V6 engine comes standard with an eight-speed auto transmission, the four-cylinder gets a six-speed auto.

The improved hybrid engine boasts fuel economy improvements of up to 19% with fuel economy as low as just 4.2L/100km.

While Toyota has also moved the hybrid battery pack from the boot to underneath the rear seat - they say this improves ride and handling and boosts boot space.

The new Toyota Camry will also boast a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.

2018 Toyota Camry Pricing:

  • Camry Ascent (4-cyl) - $27,690
  • Camry Ascent (hybrid) - $29,990
  • Camry Ascent Sport (4-cyl) - $29,990
  • Camry Ascent Sport (hybrid) - $31,990
  • Camry SX (4-cyl) - $33,290
  • Camry SL (4-cyl) - $39,990
  • Camry SL hybrid - $40,990
  • Camry SX (V6) - $37,290
  • Camry SL (V6) - $43,990

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