The US-designed Camry range has been given such a substantial tweak because Toyota admits it needed a sharper design to compete with a number of desirable rivals globally, and to fit its new corporate direction towards creating more attractive and characterful vehicles.
Billed as “radically different” to its predecessor, the updated Camry features entirely new panels with the exception of the roof, more than 800 new parts (20 per cent of the total) and a more upmarket cabin. There’s even more local content than before.
There’s also the addition of a sharper and more dynamic Atara SX version with model-first 18-inch wheels, plus specific suspension and steering tunes developed in Melbourne. There’s also a greater proliferation of petrol-electric hybrid offerings.
The new Camry has a more confident style with an aggressive-looking front bumper and grille, pronounced side character lines and low-profile headlamps with standard LED daytime running lights. Interiors are more refined with freshened upholstery and new three-spoke steering wheels across the range.