Toyota Camry was officially revealed at the Detroit motor show. So, now it is confirmed that eighth generation Camry will be built in Japan after the closure of the company’s Altona, Victoria manufacturing facility in the fourth quarter of 2017.
This new model is expected to arrive in December and will see the comeback of V6 power while removing the Aurion model from the showrooms after only a decade’s service.
Since 2006, this will be the first time that the Camry V6 will come back, featuring a 3.5 liter direct injection unit and eight-speed automatic transmission, both of which are set to debut locally in the Kluger large SUV next month.
While the US will get a new 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection and dubbed Dynamic Force, connected to an 8-speed auto, local Camrys will have the same 2.5 liter and six-speed automatic combination.
A refurbished 2.5 liter/electric motor Camry Hybrid will also be available in the new range hooked to an automatic CVT. Toyota is claiming that “an upgraded Hybrid Synergy Drive system is more powerful, smoother and quieter.”
As the new Camry is built on the scalable TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) that also supports the CH-R small SUV and Prius hybrid, the batteries for the Camry Hybrid have for the first time been moved below the rear seat to allow a 30 liters larger boot volume and split-fold backrest capability for the first time. The petrol-only models also rise 10L to 525L.
Advertised as a “sexy” Camry, the new model is only 9 mm longer, but wheelbase is stretched by 50mm to 2825mm overall. Height drops 30mm to 1440mm.
A new cabin features soft-touch dashboard and door trim materials also provides technology like wireless phone charging and a 10 inch color head-up display for the first time.
The company lists a new steering mount, higher torsional rigidity, lower centre of gravity and a new fully independent double-wishbone rear suspension.
For the first time a range of 17-inch, 18-inch and largest-ever 19-inch alloy wheels will be available, along with a black-roof two-tone colour scheme.
This is the first Toyota Camry in decades that will not be built in Australia.