2018 Toyota Camry pricing & specs
Toyota Australia has announced pricing and specifications for its new imported Camry range since the sedan was first released back in 1983.
Just one month after Toyota closed the Melbourne factory that produced Camrys for 30 years, pricing and specifications have been announced for the new, imported-from-Japan Toyota Camry range.
In a nutshell, base level prices are up, while V6 and hybrid pricing is down.
Even though it’s now priced from $27,690 (plus on-road costs) – up from $26,490 – Toyota says the entry-level Ascent’s increased safety equipment more than makes up for the $1,200 increase over the base Altise it replaces.
Taxi drivers and Uber operators will be pleased to hear that the hybrid model comes in at less than $30k. In the old range, the hybrid variant accounted for 20% of total sales. However, Toyota believes the new iteration could become their best-selling Camry.
The new, eighth-generation Camry rides on Toyota’s flexible TNGA architecture, which is shared, in large part, with the smaller C-HR and Prius. This allows the Japanese manufacturer to produce cars cheaper by taking advantage of economies of scale.
Toyota says the TNGA represents “a structural reform for the whole company” and “enables greater freedom in design… a better driving position and improved dynamics due to its lower centre of gravity and greater torsional rigidity”.
Camry-firsts include drive mode select, LED lights, double-wishbone rear suspension, an electric parking brake with auto brake-hold function, a 10-inch head-up display and an opening panoramic roof. There’s also across-the-board adoption of active cruise control and autonomous emergency braking.
In addition, the all-new Camry gets two new powertrain options: a redesigned hybrid system with a new direct-injection four-cylinder engine with more power, and a new V6 engine with direct-injection and an eight-speed transmission, which replaces the Aurion. The base 2.5 petrol engine, which isn’t particularly old, remains unchanged.
The Camry has been Australia’s top-selling mid-size car for 23 years. Let’s see if the latest imported version matches the success of its predecessors.
2018 Toyota Camry pricing:
Ascent — $27,690 (+$1200)
Ascent Sport — $29,990 (-$200)
SX — $33,290 (-$200)
SL — $39,990 (+2550)
Ascent Hybrid — $29,990 (-$550)
Ascent Sport Hybrid — $31,990 (-$1200)
SL Hybrid — $40,990 (+$550)
SX V6 — $37,290 (-$6700)
SL V6 — $43,990 (-$6450)
(Manufacturer’s list price excluding on-road costs).