Pricing for the 2018 Toyota Camry has been revealed, with the switch to a fully imported model pushing the base price for the best-selling medium sedan up, though other variants have been heavily discounted.
Following the closure of Australian manufacturing in october the new Camry comes from Japan with Toyota confirming price rises of up to $2550 for three key variants while six other models have been discounted by as much as $6700.
Revised model names also arrive with the new model, with the base model Camry adopting the Ascent name (in place of Altise) and bringing a $1200 price rise, now starting from $27,690 plus on-road costs.
Toyota claims the entire Camry range offers better value for money than the model it replaces thanks to a larger cabin, more efficient engines and additional standard equipment, including the fitment of autonomous emergency braking with lane departure warning across the entire range.
Engine options for the new range also expand with an updated 2.5-litre four-cylinder, an enhanced petrol electric hybrid and the return of the Camry V6 powered by a 3.5-litre engine that step in to take the place of the previous Camry-based Aurion.
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder has been tweaked to increase outputs to 135kW and 235Nm and is mated to a recalibrated six-speed automatic that automatically matches the revs for smoother down changes when decelerating.
In the Camry Hybrid, the same basic engine is used, but features a more efficient Atkinson cycle combustion configuration that means it produces lower outputs of 131kW and 224Nm. When teamed with the 88kW/202Nm electric motor, the Hybrid has an increased maximum power output of 160kW but a lower claimed fuel consumption figure of 4.2L/100km.
The V6 is the most powerful engine fitted to a Toyota sedan in Australia, generating 224kW and 362Nm, and drives the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic, a move that helps lower its claimed fuel consumption to 8.7L/100km.
The basic four-cylinder engine is offered across all four model grades – Ascent, Ascent Sport, SX and SL – whereas the Camry Hybrid isn’t available in the mid-grade, sporty-focused SX trim and the V6 is exclusively available only in the higher grade SX and SL trims.
All models are based on the modular Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that was first introduced on the latest-generation Prius, and Toyota claims it brings improved levels of on-road refinement, better dynamics and a more spacious cabin.
Even in its most basic trim level, the Camry Ascent has a comprehensive safety suite with seven airbags, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control and a reverse camera.
It also has LED headlights, rides on 17-inch alloys, has cloth interior trim, air conditioning and a 7.0-inch colour multimedia display with Bluetooth connectivity.
Along with the addition of a petrol-electric powertrain, the Camry Ascent Hybrid also adds dual-zone climate control and keyless entry and ignition.
Those extra features also form part of the Ascent Sport’s equipment list, as do a larger 8-inch display with satellite navigation, higher-grade interior trim, and a sports body kit with a matte front grille, unique rear bumper, and side skirts.
The sporty tone of the SX sees sports suspension, 19-inch alloys, a bootlid spoiler, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, and sports seats with leather-accented trim added plus rear USB points and wireless phone charging.
The range-topping SL steps the sporty feel back slightly with smaller 18-inch alloys and conventional suspension settings, but focuses more on luxury with genuine leather trim, a panoramic sunroof (or a normal sunroof in the Hybrid), ambient interior lighting, power adjustable steering column, ventilated front seats with power adjustment, and a 10-inch colour head-up display.
TMR will have first drive impressions of the new Camry available soon, so check back for all the details.
2017 Toyota Camry Pricing
Ascent 2.5 $27,690 (+ $1200),
Ascent Hybrid $29,990 (-$500)
Ascent Sport 2.5 $29,990 (- $200)
Ascent Sport Hybrid $31,990 (- $1200)
SX 2.5 $33,290 (- $200)
SX V6 $37,290 (- $6700)
SL 2.5 $39,990 (+2550)
SL Hybrid $40,990 (+ $550)
SL V6 $43,990 (- $6450)
Manufacturer’s list price excluding on-road costs.
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