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by Tim Beissmann

The final version of the Toyota Camry to be built in Australia will debut at next month’s New York auto show.

Toyota spokesman Curt McAllister told Bloomberg the updated 2015 Toyota Camry would “challenge conventional expectations of a mid-cycle model change”, promising to offer more than a new grille and tweaked headlights.

A Toyota Australia spokesperson revealed to CarAdvice the updated Camry would boast significant exterior design changes as well as a number of interior enhancements over the existing model (pictured).

President of Toyota’s Calty Design Research department in the US, Kevin Hunter, told reporters earlier this year the refreshed Camry would feature a “more emotional, more impactful design”.

The upgrades are designed to freshen the Camry – which has been the top-selling medium car in Australia for the past 20 years and the most popular passenger car in the US for the past 12 years – to help it take on newer rivals such as the Mazda 6, Ford Fusion (Mondeo), Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Skoda Octavia.

Despite confirming plans to end local production in 2018, Toyota Australia is committed to building the facelifted Camry from 2015 after announcing a $123 million government co-investment package designed to upgrade its Victorian manufacturing operations last August.

The facelifted Camry will go on sale in Australia next year and will continue to be sold until 2018, at which time local production will end and Toyota will import the all-new next-generation model.

The New York auto show opens on April 16.




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