Toyota is showing a couple of design studies at Auto Shanghai, and one of these is a sedan called the Fengchao Fun concept. If the overall shape looks kind of familiar, well, it is – there’s more than a passing resemblance to the new North American Toyota Camry in those lines.
The latter, which debuted in Detroit earlier this year, wears a sharp-looking suit, and the China show-car retains most of the general flow, rearranging the front and rear ends to present a different focus. Novelties include a large front mesh grille, narrow aperture housings for both front and rear light assemblies and an integrated trunk spoiler.
No details have been offered about the car, including available engine options, so no way to tell if this is a mere one-off design for the show or whether any of the design cues will find their way on to say, the Chinese-market Camry.
In the US, there are three powertrain options for the Camry, which will go on sale later this year. These are a 3.5 litre V6 with D-4S fuel injection, a 2.5 litre four-cylinder with a new eight-speed automatic and a next-generation Toyota Hybrid System (THS II).
The new Camry sits on a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) chassis, which also underpins the Prius. In Shanghai, the automaker is focusing on its modular unibody automobile platforms in a big way, and the Fengchao Fun is a highlight of that presentation.