Please retain all but the name for the production model, thanks.
At the Shanghai motor show this week, Toyota pulled the wraps of the ‘Fengchao Fun’ concept car, designed to preview the upcoming Asian-market Camry saloon.
The bold design adopted here seems to take the design of the North American Camry (which we wrote about here) and turn the wick up, with sharper, and more distinctive exterior treatment. The design plays with surfaces and light to create something truly distinctive, which isn’t a word commonly used to describe a Camry.
The rear of the car looks especially good, with a perk rump that has more than a whiff of Lexus about it. As much as we like the Fengchao Fun (that’s really what it’s called), we’re certain that this will not be the Camry we’ll receive here. We’ll be getting Japanese-built versions of the car that debuted last year in Detroit, which will replace the Camry we have now as well as the Aurion (which will be superseded by a Camry V6).
The Camry we’ll get isn’t exactly a wallflower though, with a smart new design that’ll likely see it sell relatively well when it arrives sometime before the end of this year. We should expect to see our models powered by the new Dynamic Force four-pot 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain, as well as the same 2.5-litre mill that we’re already familiar with. The 3.5-litre direct-injection V6 (with 8-speed automatic) that the US gets may, may just make it to our shores, though it’s likely that the V6 in the outgoing Aurion may remain in service.