Due to a somewhat inevitable recession, a recall crisis and an earthquake causing production issues, Toyota has decided to play it safe when redesigning the top selling Camry sedan for the 2012 model year. The Japanese automaker today introduced the 2012 Toyota Camry (seventh-generation) and as you can probably tell by the pictures, it’s nothing to go get overly excited about.
“The all-new 2012 Camry blends an evolution of the car’s values – such as comfort, efficiency, reliability and safety – with a more appealing design and engaging driving experience,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “Competition in the midsize sedan segment is the strongest it’s ever been, and the all-new Camry is designed to maintain its long-standing leadership while also broadening its appeal.”
The 2012 Camry boasts of an all new, redesigned interior. Inside the cabin, the car gets a stitched, and soft to touch dash and a new center console inspired by gadgets such as iPod. The functionality of the instrument cluster has been enhanced and it now delivers more information to the driver than the outgoing model. Safety is taken care of by as many as 10 airbags along with ABS with BA and EBD, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Smart Stop Technology.
Powering the new Camry would be three engines. There would be the entry-level 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit with 180 PS and 230 Nm of torque. Then there would be the more powerful 3.5 liter V6 with 272PS and 336 Nm of torque. Finally, the Hybrid version gets a 158 PS 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 143 PS electric motor. Toyota claims that the Hybrid with the gas-electric combo is capable of racing from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds flat.
While the exterior of the 2012 Toyota Camry didn’t receive a massive upgrade, on the inside, the 2012 Camry gets a nicely redesigned interior with new technology features including the company’s new Entune Multimedia System.
The car will be launched in the US in October. Expect an India launch sometime in 2012. As the current model is a CBU, and with the new model going on sale globally, there will be no option for Toyota but to offer us the latest gen Camry. Hopefully a diesel engine will be offered with the new Camry.
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