Toyota has surprised everyone at the 2014 New York Motor Show recently by unveiling a facelifted Toyota Camry for the U.S market. With strong competition from Ford, Hyundai and Honda, Toyota needed to up its game with the Camry.
First of all, all the exterior panels bar the roof have been changed on the new Camry and there are nearly 2000 new parts. The chassis is reinforced with new spot welds, improving rigidity. The most prominent changes is the new front grille that is clearly inspired from Lexus’s current design language. Toyota claimed that the new aggressive grill is “all about attitude”, complemented with new LED headlights to improve its aggressive looks.
Apart from that, the suspension has been modified and the electric power steering has been retuned while the brake has been added with two-stage brake booster for improved braking feel. To improve the Camry’s dynamics, the chassis is reinforced with new spot welds, to improve rigidity. Toyota also introduces a new XSE trim option which includes upgraded shock absorbers and springs, stiffer bushings, unique stability control programming and 18-inch wheels complemented with a nip and tuck front face.
Under the hood, the Toyota Camry is powered by a 2.5-litre inline four and a 3.5-litre V6. Both engines are mated with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Furthermore, there’s also a hybrid powertrain option; a 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine coupled with a CVT transmission.
The refreshed 2015 Camry is built in America, in the state of Kentucky, and it goes on sale in autumn 2014.
[Source: Autocar UK]