Just a few months after the new 2018 Toyota Camry made its debut at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), the company’s latest D-segment sedan has been revealed for the Japanese market. This time, the car sold in the Land of the Rising Sun takes after the US-market model, instead of our more chrome-laden version sold there in the previous generation.

Unlike in the United States, the Camry is expected to remain available in Hybrid form only, and with a more conservative design as opposed to the sportier version that will also be offered in the US. “More conservative” it may be, but it’s still a vastly more daring look to what came before, with a broad lower grille, strong haunches, deeper side surfacing and a more low-slung roofline.

Only a couple of changes can be seen in the transition from the North American market, with the Japanese-market model gaining front fog lights and losing the amber front and red rear side marker lamps. Inside, the bold cockpit look has been retained, complete with a character line that bisects the centre console.

No technical details have been revealed just yet, but the Japanese Camry should retain the US-market’s hybrid powertrain, consisting of a new 2.5 litre Dynamic Force engine – with direct injection and VVT-iE (for Electric) for higher outputs and reduced fuel consumption – along with an electric motor and a CVT. Toyota expects fuel economy to equal that of the Prius, which is rated at up to 40.8 km per litre on the JC08 cycle.

The new Camry is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that also underpins the Prius. By extending the wheelbase by two inches, as well as bringing down the roof and bonnet height, Toyota lowered the centre of gravity and created a wider and more composed vehicle. Everything is lowered – the driver’s seating position, heel point (for more foot room and ease of movement), cowl and dashboard height.

Toyota is also promising sporty handling and enhanced ride quality, with improvements including increased structural rigidity (new platform, increased use of ultra-high-tensile steel, application of a new molding technology), a new double wishbone rear suspension system and a new four-point engine mounting system that reduces noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

Again, don’t expect this particular version of the Camry to have much bearing on the one set to be sold here. Our Camry will be a distinctly different model sold in the rest of the world, the design of which was previewed by the Fengchao Fun concept at Auto Shanghai 2017 last month.