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2007 Toyota Camry

Does anyone know of any concept pictures or other development news regarding the 2007 Camry, which should be a brand new model? 24 months is not that far away! Thank you.
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  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    If the new XLE V6 is far above $30K w/Navi I'd be shocked.

    It's $29900 now. Granted there is much more in the new model but it can't be $33K.. Thats Avalon XLS territory
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    is historically VERY tight lipped regarding the redesigns of its major models, as is Honda with the Civic and Accord. You wont see the Camry debut at any auto show, for example. Unless theres some type of paradigm shift among the top brass, this board will likely be dead until this time in 2006.

    What you can expect is a structural stiffening, but continuation on the Gen 5 platform, just as the Gen 3 and Gen 4 shared the same platform. Toyota's new 3.5L V6, perhaps detuned somewhat from its Avalon iteration, seems a likely V6 upgrade from the current 3.0L/3.3L strategy, as all that Ive read indicates the 3.3L is short term solution to the market's growing emphasis on power and torque, and it has been confirmed that the 3.0L will cease production with this iteration of Camry. Id expect a boost in the power of the 4cylinder as well, from the current 160 to at least 170, if Toyota is smart.

    ~alpha
  • lexi4lifelexi4life Posts: 181
    Said to have sportier or more agressive exterior styling and personnality. The engine used will probably be the future 3.5 of the next avalon, with a bit less power (next avalon: 270-280 so I presume the next camry's engine will do 250-260 hp. With Honda's Accord and Nissan's Altima that respectively have 240 and 250 hp, the current camry is a bit underpowered and I think toyota wants to solve this "problem" because some people buy a car over another just because it has more horsepower. If you want to know what it's gonna look like, well just have a look at the new solara, it was designed like that so that the next camry and the current solara have the same general styling. But they won't be identical!
  • bklynguybklynguy Posts: 275
    here are some features I think could make it into the next camry:

    2.5L 4cylinder (170-175 hp)
    3.5L 6cylinder (240-250 hp)
    hybrid engine (confirmed)
    smart entry and start system
    Dual Climate Control
    Side Airbags standard
    Dynamic Laser Cruise Control
    folding side-mirrors
    Power Rear Sunshade
    Adaptive Front Lighting System (XLE)
    HID headlamps (SE,XLE)
    LED brakelamps
    Bluetooth (option in current Prius)
    Navigation & CD changer in dash (only single
    CD player avail. now with nav system)
  • lexi4lifelexi4life Posts: 181
    This stuff about the camry getting the 3.5 isn't realistic. If the camry gets it in the future, the next ES will surely do. And the next GS, "higher" in the lexus brand, will get a 3 liter engine, from what lexus says. So the cheaper ES would get a bigger engine than the more expensive GS? Oh yeah, sure... The only thing that could "work" would be putting the 3.5 in almost every lexus/ toyota products: the GS could get a retuned version of this 3.5, making more horsepower than the ES that would also have more horsepower than the camry but not the avalon, because it is a lexus. Siennas, Highlanders and Solara would also get it? What will arrive to the 3 liter 245 hp? Only put in the next IS?
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I suppose only time will tell, but your post ignores many facts- such as 1) the Camry is produced alongside the Avalon at TMMK, and the Avalon's 3.5L engine will be produced there as well. By cutting down engine lines, Toyota can increase economies of scale, and hence, using the 3.3L as a stopgap eventually giving way to the 3.5L in the Camry and Solara would make sense. The 3.0L in the Camry LE and XLE V6s is slated for termination, which will probably coincide with the next-gen Avalon's introduction (since the current model also uses the 3.0L). 2) Toyota historically uses different engines for its front/AWD platforms than it does for its rear/4WD platforms. As long as the IS stays RWD, I think its unlikely that you'll see the 3.5L in that model. 3) The next GS is not out yet. We'll see what happens with the engines, but again, I dont see how Toyota is going to drop in the 3.5L. Anything is possible, though. With MB and BMW entry engines producing around the 245hp mark, I dont really see what the big issue is, especially if the GS can come to market with an excellent, repsonsive transmission that maximizes performance and fuel efficiency.

    My point: Its definitely not out of the realm of possibility for Toyota to put the 3.5L engine in the next Camry.

    ~alpha
  • The camry will be the sames as it is now and will always be boring, ugly. and underpowered. Bassicly dont expect it to have more power than anything other than the ford, and even ford is starting to get there act together. The camry is the a fleet car the us. It does do it job well. It a great car for people who aren't passtionate about there driving experience. It's for people who think of driving as a chore.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    is not underpowered, and has not been since the debut of this generation.

    ~alpha
  • carlisimocarlisimo Posts: 1,280
    It'll be boring, but I have high hopes that it won't be ugly.

    As for underpowered... isn't 250hp around the current sane limit for a fwd car? And how many Camry drivers drag race anyway? The 4-cyl engine seems to be plenty for most people...
  • It's probably gonna be boring, but not necessarly ugly. Toyota sees that other car makers such as mazda and nissan offer a nicer product in this category (6 and Altima) and perhaps they decided to finally offer something original. As for the stuff about lack of power, the Camry isn't underpowered at all and I think that 250-260 should be the maximum automakers should put in their FWD cars.
  • carguy58carguy58 Posts: 2,303
    Toyota won;t make a sporty looking Camry. They just won't do it. Toyota has to sell 400,000 Camry's a year while Mazda sells 70,000 6's and Nissan sells 150,000 Altima's a year. Toyota is mass market. I would like to see Toyota go back to the 1987-1991 and 1992-1996 bodystyles in some form or another. The 1997-2001 and 2002+ Camry;s like look the they lost their Japanese styling roots. The 97 camry still had some Japanese touches its style but not as much as the 87 and 92 models had. The 02 model really has no Japanese styling touches. Yeah Camry might be boring but the 92-96 model still looks better than most cars from that time period right about now.
  • Why would people need several hundred horses car to be able to drive in bumper to bumper trafic...i'snt that how it is today.

    I am perfectly happy driving a 4 cyl Highlander
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    No other manufacturer is able to consistently expose so much tailpipe as Toyota. They've been doing it on all three of the last generations of Camry, and it seems to be getting lower and lower with each iteration. I guess this must be a much in demand styling feature! :-)

    Seriously I can't understand why they haven't been able to tuck it up somewhere. With Toyota's supposed attention to detail, it seems this would be a trivial problem to solve, but it seems to get no attention, or it would have been fixed at least 5-6 years ago.
  • Someone posted on this earlier. S/he had asked his/her service manager about it, and the guy said that it's just easier and cheaper for Toyota to do it that way, and not thread the exhaust pipe over the rear axle.

    Too bad, because I agree that it looks stupid.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Most people dont notice/care. It has never been an issue on our 2002 Camry.

    ~alpha
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,564
    Well, even my wife, who is not an automobile enthusiast at all, noticed it when we were following a Camry last year. Some of them seem to hang much lower than others and this one was a particular low hanger, probably due some assembly or manufacturing variations, but she asked me "What was with the exhaust pipe on that car?" (with no prompting from me).
  • toycashtoycash Posts: 139
    That exhaust position allows more space inside the car, too. That's how Toyota gets a full size spare and a 17 cu. ft. trunk, while the Accord has a doughnut and only 14 cu. ft.
  • ian721ian721 Posts: 93
    Really? Because with all that space between the pipe and the underbody you could expand the trunk another 7 or 8 cu. ft. if you wanted. And it wouldn't be that hard to fit the pipe under the axle even with the 17 cu ft trunk.
  • I wonder if Toy will ever bring back the Camry wagon? We have a 2002 sedan and have been looking at wagons for a 2nd car. With Camry's legendary reliability, comfort and just plain good looks, I'd seriously consider waiting if Toyota did decide to make a wagon.
    Scott
  • bklynguybklynguy Posts: 275
    I think its unlikely that Toyota will bring back the Camry wagon with the next generation. Most people today usually upgrade from sedan to SUV/Minivan for extra space, not enough interest in wagons for Toyota to even consider it. Then again, the matrix is like a wagon.
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