2021 Toyota Camry revealed
Australia’s top-selling sedan gets a facelift.
Toyota has unveiled a series of updates to its popular Camry mid-sized sedan ahead of the updated model’s arrival here in the first half of 2021.
In an extensive mid-life facelift, the revitalised Camry gains a raft of advanced safety features, a new dash design, improved ergonomics and a larger infotainment screen.
There are also styling updates to the grille and bumper, although the new look is still very much in keeping with current-gen Camry, which went on sale in late 2017.
While other large and mid-size sedans have perished in the face of the SUV onslaught, the Camry has dominated as Australia’s best-selling medium-size car for the past 26 years.
Popular with fleets, government agencies and private buyers, the Camry holds a dominant 69% category share over rivals including the Subaru Liberty, Skoda Octavia and VW Passat, with its nearest rival the Mazda6 claiming an 8.7% share.
It’s also responsible for helping Toyota to a leadership position in the hybrid vehicle sector, with 4108 Camry Hybrids sold so far this year accounting for 63% of all Camry sales, the highest percentage of any model in the Toyota line-up.
The Camry Hybrid is set to be further improved next month (August 2020), with the 2.5-litre petrol-electric drivetrain’s nickel-metal hydride battery upgraded from 245V to a more efficient 259V lithium-ion battery.
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Details on the petrol engines for the 2021 model are yet to be released, but it’s expected the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder and 3.5-litre V6 units will carry over.
Safety-wise, the Camry is now fitted with Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes autonomous emergency braking, night-time pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, intersection assist and an improved adaptive cruise control system.
The brand has also added a rear seat reminder feature; ensuring parents don’t leave their children behind.
"Toyota's reputation for quality, durability and reliability has long been a hallmark of Camry, which together with its strong and efficient powertrains, advanced safety technology and in recent years, its hybrid drivetrain, has ensured its enduring appeal for Australian customers," said Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley
"This latest facelift delivers a stronger look that further emphasises the car's stylish aesthetic, along with the sort of safety and convenience technology that is demanded in today's cars.”
The 2021 Toyota Camry is expected in Australian showrooms in the first half of next year.