All-new Toyota Camry to be crammed with technology and will dump four-cylinder versions for a hybrid and a 222kW V6
Toyota has announced that the all-new Toyota Camry will go on sale in Australia from November, with the new model boasting levels of performance, technology and style that has never been seen in Camry models of old.
Conventional four-cylinder models have been dumped – as has the Aurion range – and the entry level Camry will be hybrid; powered by a 2.5 litre four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, with a total power output of 155kW. Combined fuel consumption is said to a miserly 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
The majority of the range will be powered by a 3.5 litre direct injection V6, that produces 222kW @ 6,600 rpm and 356Nm @ 4,700 rpm and is mated to an eight-speed automatic that sends power to the front wheels.
Interestingly, the all-new Toyota Camry is more powerful the forthcoming Commodore, the Mazda6 and the Ford Mondeo.
Power and economy isn’t the Camry’s biggest selling point. The technology might win most people over, with pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, all-speed active cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, a reversing camera and seven airbags. Certain models will also come with blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.
Inside there’s 10-inch colour head-up display, 8-inch touch-screen audio display and 7-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster. Toyota says the Japanese-made Camry’s cabin is more premium than ever before, and we dare say there’s more than just a hint of Lexus.
Specification levels and pricing is yet to be finalised, but there will two different front fascias, and a choice of 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels and sporty models will get an angry bodykit.
All models will be fitted with LED headlights, daytime running lights and taillights.
The all-new Toyota Camry is based on Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), which also underpins the new generation Prius and the impressive C-HR.
Torsional rigidity is up 30 per cent and double-wishbone rear suspension should help ensure that handling is tidier than previous models.