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2017 Toyota Camry

Not this one. That’s the 2017 Toyota Camry.

The Toyota Camry isn’t as thrilling as a sports car or as exotic as a heritage-rich American icon, which makes spy shots of the upcoming 2018 model less interesting than they could be, but it is the best-selling passenger car in the United States—so we’re interested anyway.

Let’s start with what we know about it already. The 2018 Toyota Camry will be built on the new TNGA modular platform that debuted with the 2016 Prius, which will underpin about half of all Toyota models by the end of the decade—and that’s a good thing. It made the famously lethargic Prius feel sportier, so we’re curious to find out how the Camry will benefit.

We also know the 2018 Toyota Camry will be subject to some weight reduction efforts, which may include using aluminum for the hood and various other areas of the car. We’re not exactly sure what it’ll have under the hood other than that the base engine will be a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder. What kind? We don’t know. Will a hybrid variant be offered? Yes.

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Now on to the spy shots (head over to Car and Driver to check out the pics). Toyota did a pretty good job camouflaging the car, but we could still spot the windows and wheels so rest assured that those are all in order. The side windows were larger, though, and above a dropped shoulder line that extended all the way back. It also featured strong bumper contours, door-mounted side mirrors, a wide and low chin, and the same taillamps you might find on the Avalon.

It’s reasonable to say that Toyota will be keeping the design relatively safe, given the Camry’s position in the market, but don’t be surprised if the automaker continues to inject extra sportiness in the car’s styling as it has been for the last few years.

When will it be ready? Next year! We expect a full reveal may come at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

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Source: Car and Driver