The pieces of the 2012 Toyota Camry are coming together, with videos and images revealing the first details of the new mid-sized sedan.
The above image gives us our best look yet at the face of the new Camry, which is on track to go on sale in Australia before the end of the year.
The headlights will be arranged in a sharper, more aggressive assembly, while the grille and lower intakes will be chunkier for a stronger presence.
From the video – which we understand is from a Toyota US dealer convention – it appears the rear lights have also grown larger, seemingly drawing inspiration from the Lexus LS.
The overall dimensions of the new 2012 Toyota Camry are expected to carry over from the outgoing model, while Toyota says the interior will take on a more ‘contemporary’, higher quality design.
The new model will be powered by the ‘AR’ 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, replacing the 117kW/218Nm ‘AZ’ 2.4-litre unit in the current Australian model.
The AR engine has been available in the US version of the Camry since 2009, and comes in two different forms: a 126kW/226Nm entry-level tune and a tweaked 133kW/230Nm tune. Toyota Australia is yet to confirm the specific performance data of its upcoming powertrain.
The new Camry will be sold as an automatic-only model in Australia, with a new six-speed unit set to replace the current five-speed. Toyota promises the 2012 Camry will offer “improved performance and refined ride and handling”.
The 2.5-litre engine has also been designed to work in tandem with an electric motor and battery for service in the new Camry Hybrid. This vehicle will retain its continuously variable transmission and will go on sale a few months after the standard Camry in Australia, around mid-2012.
More details of the 2012 Toyota Camry will be revealed in the coming months in the lead up to its local launch at the end of this year.