- 2021 Toyota Camry pricing and specification announced
- Toyota confirms retirement of V6 engine
- New eight-speed auto for entry-level Camry Ascent
- Updated infotainment system for Ascent Sport and above
- Prices have increased by up to $5700, range starts from $30,990 plus on-road costs
UPDATE, 15 March 2021: A correction has been issued by Toyota Australia, with the power figure for the 2021 Toyota Camry hybrid being revised up to 160kW. The story has been updated below.
11 March 2021: The 2021 Toyota Camry has been updated for the new year, with a revised line-up comprising almost entirely of four-cylinder hybrids – with sweeping price rises of between $2000 and $5700.
The car maker says more than 70 per cent of customers choose the hybrid option – with that number expected to increase in the coming years.
The announcement also marks the first time Toyota Australia hasn't offered a six-cylinder sedan since the Crown was introduced locally 56 years ago.
But while the V6 is no longer available, the range-opening non-hybrid Camry Ascent does receive an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission – as first reported by CarAdvice last month – up from the previous model's six-speed unit, while the rest of the hybrid range uses the carry-over CVT automatic.
Prices have gone up across the range, with the Ascent increasing by $2000, the Ascent Sport by $2200, the Camry SX by $4600, and the Camry SL by $5700 – more expensive than the outgoing V6-powered equivalent. This is in addition to Toyota raising prices by between $700 and $1200 in August 2020.
Along with a new auto, the base model Ascent gets a 19kW power bump over the outgoing version, with the 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder offering a total of 152kW, to deliver claimed fuel consumption of 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres.
All other Camry variants are powered by a 2.5-litre hybrid four-cylinder, producing 160kW with the help of two electric motors. Utilising the more fuel-efficient Atkinson combustion cycle, consumption is claimed at between 4.2L/100km in the Ascent to 4.7L/100km in the Camry SX.
The 2021 Camry gets a new look, thanks to a redesigned front bumper and grille. Standard across the range is a set of alloy wheels and LED headlights with automatic high-beam.
Inside, Toyota has redesigned the dash, which the brand says is more ergonomic.
The entry-level Camry Ascent – offered with and without the hybrid powertrain – provides a 7.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, Bluetooth, and a reverse camera.
Step up to the Ascent Sport, and occupants get dual-zone climate control, a new 9.0-inch infotainment screen with satellite navigation, keyless entry and start/stop, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors.
In addition to the features of the Ascent Sport, those who opt for the Camry SX gain leather-accented front seats and trim, paddle-shifters, sports suspension, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
At the top of the range, the Camry SL offers heated and cooled front seats, head-up display for the driver, 360-degree cameras, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, panoramic glass roof, a powered bootlid, and a nine-speaker JBL audio system.
The company's 'Safety Sense' package has also been updated, with the introduction of Toyota Connected Services, speed-sign recognition, emergency steering assist, and intersection turn assist, in addition to pedestrian and day cyclist detection, radar cruise control, and lane-keep assist.
All Toyota passenger vehicles are offered with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, as well as capped-price servicing available at dealerships.
2021 Toyota Camry Australian pricing
- Camry Ascent auto – $30,990
- Camry Ascent hybrid CVT – $33,490
- Camry Ascent Sport hybrid CVT – $36,290
- Camry SX hybrid CVT – $39,190
- Camry SL hybrid CVT – $46,990
Note: Prices exclude on-road costs. Overseas model shown.