Official 8th Generation (2018+) 010B Camry Discussion

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The Toyota Camry returns to the UK this year.

The all-new eighth generation Camry combines the best in hybrid performance and efficiency with a stylish package, inside and out.
 

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Nice that the Camry has truly become a fully global car again, thanks to Akio Toyoda's own suggestions I can imagine. He was really present in development for this generation, unlike hopping in the middle of the XV50's development back in June 2009 (design was already set). I recall NX development began in June 2009, which is when he stepped up to the mantle.

Anyway, where are the AWD variants? A number of folks said that the ES would get AWD in Europe starting in December 2018 and Avalon/Camry in spring 2019. I now look like an idiot for passing that around, not to mention Gecko got told similar. So what gives I wonder?

For the past 1.5 years, I've come across other engineers online responsible for developing the 2021 Camry. I've not been thinking about that 2021 car, but as we enter mid-2019, I guess I should. Weirdly enough, design work is finished for that car at this point. Usually facelifts at Toyota, are approved some 15/16 to 24 months before intro, unlike FMC at about 24 to 36 months (sometimes 42 mos on premium cars or Lexus flagships).

Is that when one should expect AWD for the GA-K cars, instead of MY 2020? I can only wonder and feel so stupid for believing 2020 MY claims. TRD cars came out, but AWD is delayed or what?
 
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I think we will have word in August, and from what I've heard, AWD is coming indeed.

What's the word on the 2021 refresh, @Carmaker1 ?
I thought I already responded to this? Sorry!

I haven't really followed this car, other than some little supplier database info and then engineers working on it with MY 2021 designation or 2020 dates for CY. I knew it was too good to be true LOL, to hope halfway through the pre-MMC life that it would get AWD. Hopefully I'm wrong, as it will do wonders in Europe for GA-K cars and in Northern States/CA.

Are you saying in August will know if AWD is MY 2020? I think AA is coming too. Business wise, it would be wise to do that, so they can get people to switch over in 2020 models. Then add the ability to retrofit/install AA later during MY 2021 to older XV70 cars.
 

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I thought I already responded to this? Sorry!

I haven't really followed this car, other than some little supplier database info and then engineers working on it with MY 2021 designation or 2020 dates for CY. I knew it was too good to be true LOL, to hope halfway through the pre-MMC life that it would get AWD. Hopefully I'm wrong, as it will do wonders in Europe for GA-K cars and in Northern States/CA.

Are you saying in August will know if AWD is MY 2020? I think AA is coming too. Business wise, it would be wise to do that, so they can get people to switch over in 2020 models. Then add the ability to retrofit/install AA later during MY 2021 to older XV70 cars.
Last time I looked at fleet order guides, I feel like it allowed for 2019 Camry ordering through July, but I can't recall exactly. I agree that Android Auto will come for 2020, bringing the Camry fully up to parity with competitors in the realm of infotainment. I'm excited for both AWD and the refreshed model... I really love the 8th gen, and Toyota has a track record of thoughtfully nipping and tucking any problem areas at the refresh. I think it'll be great.

I'm most curious to see if AWD will be standard/available on the TRD Camry and Avalon.
 

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Hear me out.... I really really LOVE the looks of the car inside and out. It gives me emotion. A Camry.... Has anyone seen it parked next to a Maserati Ghilbi? It really feels Italian...

I've told my wife multiple times I am seriously flirting with one as a beater to have around. The price is right, the MPG is great the features are great and it looks great!

The thing is while I would love the white/red V-6 or TRD does it make sense at 35k or so? To me the base SE at 25k or so is an absolute bargain....

Did I mention I love how it looks?
 
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The thing is while I would love the white/red V-6 or TRD does it make sense at 35k or so? To me the base SE at 25k or so is an absolute bargain....
Some Camry owners on TN are getting the LE or SE for as low as $21-23K depending on region. The TRD version might sticker for $40K, which for what you get will make the XSE the better buy.
 

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Is there any planned PHEV variant for this?

With every single new car based on TNGA platform I feel Toyota is loosing a lot of sales for not offering this option.... Look to the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, our RAV4 is a lot better but it's not available...
 
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