The Toyota Camry sedan has been redesigned with a handful of upgrades for 2021 to keep it competitive with the Skoda Superb and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport. The updated model is available now for £ 32,260.
Toyota’s cosmetic makeovers for the Camry are subtle, extending to a new front bumper with a couple of extra vents, a reshaped grille, and some tweaked taillights. Buyers can also choose between two new alloy wheel designs.
Styling changes in the cabin are just as small. The Camry now has perforated leather upholstery in black or beige as well as three new dashboard decors in wood look, titanium look or a geometrically patterned plastic.
Toyota’s biggest change to the Camry is a new nine-inch infotainment system that mounts on the top of the dash. It’s only available in the sedan’s Excel spec and adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as the old unit lacked compatibility.
Buyers also get additional safety features such as a lane departure warning system, an emergency steering assistant and an adaptive cruise control that can detect changes in the speed limit and automatically adjust the speed of the car to the other traffic. The car’s tire pressure monitoring system can now also locate faults in certain tires.
The updated sedan is available in two specifications. The entry-level model for £ 32,260 comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, fog lights, front and rear parking sensors, two-zone air conditioning and a seven-inch infotainment system with sat nav.
Toyota’s Excel model builds on this specification with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, a wireless smartphone charger, keyless entry and some additional security features such as a rear cross traffic alarm and a blind spot monitoring system. Prices start at £ 34,830 for this higher-end car.
Toyota has also added a 360-degree camera to the Camry Excel, as well as paddle shifters for the steering wheel and an automatic tilt function for the exterior mirrors when reversing. In addition to the heated, ventilated and electrically operated seats in the vehicle, the steering wheel now has a heating element and a memory setting.
Updated Toyota Camry: engine and powertrain
Like the previous model, the updated Toyota Camry is only available with a single hybrid powertrain. The system consists of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a compact battery for a combined output of 215 hp and 221 Nm of torque.
Toyota says the powertrain will deliver a 0-62 mph time of 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 111 mph. More importantly, the hybrid Camry offers a claimed WLTP fuel economy of between 50.4-53.2mpg while only producing between 120-127g / km of CO2.
Toyota re-launched the Camry in the UK in 2019 after a 14-year hiatus – a decision partly motivated by the brand’s desire to offer a sedan option to fleet customers as this is one of the few markets where the body shape is still sold Well. Toyota was also interested in providing an improved replacement for the slow-selling Avensis.
During the car’s original launch event, a company spokesman told Auto Express: “The Avensis, like the Carina E before it, was specially developed for the European market. In recent years the size of the D segment [Mondeo class] the European auto market has been steadily declining, which affects Avensis sales. We have been monitoring the situation closely for some time and have decided to stop production of the Europe-specific Avensis. “
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