Underwriting its phenomenal sales success in North America, Toyota is into NASCAR racing big-time but with this fan activation function has the Japanese giant provided a glimpse of the all-new Camry due next year?
We already know the Camry will use the weight-saving TNGA shared platform (as used in the current Prius) but the car rolled-out for this NASCAR gig shows some aggressive new styling with more than a hint of Lexus.
The grille certainly imitates Toyota’s prestige brand’s hyped ‘Spindle’ grille and the lower air intakes are almost exact copies of the Lexus LS.
There is even a hint of the current Corolla with the upper grille.
Also noticeable are the three L-shaped LED DRLs incorporated into each headlight cluster.
We know NASCAR racers are far removed from road cars but, to provide some link, the massively popular stock car series does go to great lengths using clever stickers etc to copy the ‘donor’ base car (especially in the front-end).
Previous spy photos of the 2018 Toyota Camry indicate it will not follow the current trend of bulging, muscular waistlines – preferring a thin shoulder line and large side windows.
Further aft, the rear three-quarters look curved (reminiscent of the Kia Optima) and flow into a shorter boot with raised decklid.
So, taking that on-board, it looks like the all-new Toyota Camry is going sporty and tougher…and that’s a good thing.
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