Toyota has unveiled its eight-generation Camry sedan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The all-new Camry is the first Toyota sedan to be based on the Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) platform, promising improved dynamics, handling and ride comfort, thanks to the platform’s lower centre of gravity, higher torsional rigidity and fully independent rear suspension.
The new model features a much more aggressive and sporty styling, with an extra wide lower front grille, lower roof, deeper pressed panels, angled rear pillars and a range of 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the next-generation Camry’s premium interior delivers high sensory quality with soft-touch surfaces and stitching.
The fluidly designed dashboard features a beautifully integrated 8-inch audio display, 7-inch colour multi-information panel, 10-inch colour head-up display and an electronic park brake that replaces the unloved foot-operated pedal.
The car’s new seats are said to be more supportive and include greater slide range for the front and split-fold for the rear.
Its already impressive luggage space has gained 10 litres for petrol models and 30 litres for Camry Hybrid variants, with the hybrid battery now placed under the rear seat.
Powertrains are headed by a new V6 petrol engine fitted with direct-injection technology and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission – two more ratios than previously offered.
An upgraded Hybrid Synergy Drive system is more powerful as well as being smoother and quieter. It offers three drive modes (normal, eco and power) as well as available paddle shifts.
Local Camry buyers will also be offered Toyota’s 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which has been proven under Australian conditions.
Standard across the new Camry range will be a suite of advanced safety technologies including pre-collision safety system with autonomous emergency braking, all-speed active cruise control and lane departure alert.
Australian market Camry’s will be built in Japan and set to arrive in local dealerships late this year, after the end of local manufacturing.