Toyota has just revealed its ninth-generation Camry which will only be offered with a hybrid powertrain when it launches next year. But is it really new?
The answer to that question is technically no as the sedan is essentially just an updated version of the previous generation model with a few technical and cosmetic updates. Nevertheless, it keeps the nameplate alive for at least another few years in a world being overtaken by SUVs and crossovers.
Its design was headed by Toyota’s design centre Calty in the United States, which made use of the brand’s new ‘hammerhead’ front fascia as seen on other models like the Prius and Crown. Designers also gave the new Camry a set of slim LED headlights and daytime running lights, alongside new taillights with a C-shaped design.
New life is also breathed into the new Camry’s interior, having been completely restyled to house a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for the driver and a central 12.3-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. More affordable models are equipped with a 7.0-inch gauge cluster and an 8.0-inch touchscreen.
The dual-zone air conditioning controls and vents have also been rejigged, while features like a smart key and push-button start are now standard alongside a wireless charging pad for devices.
Under the bonnet of the new Camry sits a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine connected to two electric motors, making a combined 168kW on front-wheel drive models and 173kW on all-wheel drive variants.
In terms of driver assistance systems, a blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert are included on all trim levels, while higher specification models come with traffic jam assist, front cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, a panoramic view monitor, as well as front and rear parking assist.
The model’s standard suite of safety systems includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, active cruise control, lane departure warning, road sign assist, auto-dimming high beams, and more.
Toyota is set to release the new Camry in the United States in the second quarter of 2024, while Toyota New Zealand has confirmed the model will be sold locally with pricing and specification set to be announced closer to launch.