2015 TOYOTA CAMRY
Toyota has confirmed plans to unveil its updated Camry sedan at the New York Auto Show on April 16.
The update, which will also be built in Australia until the company’s local manufacturing operations close in 2017, is expected to introduce a more ‘emotional’ design.
Speaking with press this week, the company said showgoers can expect an update that “will challenge conventional expectations of a mid-cycle model change”.
No other details have been offered, although it appears likely that Toyota plans more for the updated Camry than a redesigned grille and a set of new lights.
Mercedes-Benz took similar steps with its updated E-Class sedan in 2012, introducing not only a new face, but also brand-new sheet metal through the profile - an unusual step for a mid-life refresh.
These latest reports follow comments in January from Toyota executives that the next-generation Camry, beyond next month’s update, will focus more on design than ever before.
“Camry’s taken some hits on styling, but it’s still selling well. But we need to create better design for Camry in the future,” Toyota America design boss Kevin Hunter told Bloomberg in January.
For now, the Camry remains the best selling car in the US market - a title it has held for 12 years.
And, with 2898 year-to-date sales at the end of February, it is also Australia’s most popular midsized car. Next in line is Mazda’s new 6, with 1105 sales.
Expect to see the facelifted Camry in Australia from early 2015, ahead of an all-new model's debut in 2017 or 2018.