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Toyota USA is gearing up for the launch of the all-new 2018 Camry, which is set to arrive at dealerships nationwide late this summer.

America’s best-selling passenger car for the last 15 years is now entering its eighth generation, riding on Toyota’s TNGA modular platform, known from models like the Prius and the C-HR.

This means that the new Camry features a 30 percent stiffer structure, providing a much better basis for its suspension to work on, while the wheelbase is now 1.9 inches longer, improving the interior space.

The engine range includes the all-new 2.5-litre ‘Dynamic Force’ four-cylinder unit which features dual VVT-i with VVT-iE and direct injection for a total of 206hp and 186lb-ft of torque. The same engine is used in the Hybrid version too, with total output rated at 176hp and 163lb-ft of torque.

Those looking for more performance, they can always have a look at the 3.5-litre V6 version, which makes 301hp and 267lb-ft of torque. Both the 2.5-litre and 3.5-litre versions are mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, with the Hybrid keeping its CVT.

Toyota says that the Hybrid version of the new Camry offers best-in-class fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated mpg of 51 city/ 53 highway/52 combined. The hybrid powertrain now gets a lighter and more compact Power Control Unit, a revised DC-DC converter and the new Auto Glide Control feature which limits the engine braking depending on driving conditions.

The list with the driver assistance systems is long and includes things like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Braking and more.

The interior is hosting Toyota’s new Entune 3.0 infotainment system, with V6 models also getting the Connected Navigation Scout system as well. The new infotainment comes with features like remote start and door unlock capability, vehicle finder, vehicle status notifications, a guest driver monitor and a WiFi hotspot among others.

Prices for the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry will start at $23,495 for the base L model, while the V6 models start from $34,400. The new Camry Hybrid is priced from $27,800.


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