Toyota has unveiled its eight-generation Camry sedan at the North American International Auto Show that is taking place in Detroit.
Featuring new styling with greater showroom appeal, the new Camry is the first Toyota sedan to be based on a Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) platform which improves dynamics, handling and ride comfort.
According to Toyota, 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,” the company said in a press release.
“Local Camry buyers will also be offered Toyota’s 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which has been proven under Australian conditions.”
The new Camry range will also feature a suite of advanced safety technologies including pre-collision safety system with autonomous emergency braking, all-speed active cruise control and lane departure alert.
Toyota said improved technology and features include an 8-inch audio display screen, 7-inch colour multi-information display, 10-inch colour head-up display and an electronic park brake instead of the foot-operated pedal.
Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the all-new Camry will be available in Australia late this year, after the end of local manufacturing.
“The next-generation Camry – a premium, high-quality sedan focused on performance and technology – will be built in Japan for the Australian market,” Mr Cramb said.
“We will offer Australian motorists three Camry powertrains – four-cylinder petrol, petrol-electric hybrid and V6 petrol – and include a sports model with a stylish body kit.”
He said Toyota remained “committed to local manufacturing” until the fourth quarter of this year.
“We will make further announcements about our plans, including the timing of production closure, during the first quarter of this year,” Mr Cramb concluded.
Toyota has sold more than 900,000 Camry models during the vehicle’s 34-year history in Australia, including 690,000 four-cylinder petrol models, 42,000 hybrids and 169,000 V6 variants.
Camry has been Australia’s best-selling mid-size car for each of the past 23 years.