Toyota Australia is expected to announce pricing and specification details for the 2015 Aurion range within the next few weeks, and a facelift could be on the cards too.
While not expected to be as far-reaching as the 2015 Camry's cosmetic overhaul - which sees new sheetmetal on every panel bar the roof - the updated Aurion could very well receive a new snout and tail borrowed from Toyota's global parts bin.
The Russian and South-East Asian market Camry that's currently on sale (pictured) may donate its front and rear bumpers and headlamps for the 2015 Aurion, allowing Toyota Australia to refresh the appearance of its large sedan without a huge financial outlay.
It would also mean, however, that Toyota Australia's sheet metal stamping facility will need to retain the tooling for the 'old' Camry/Aurion bodywork.
On the plus side, the result will be greater visual differentiation between Camry and Aurion in the showroom - which has been a criticism levelled at Toyota since it began twinning the Aurion with the Camry in 2006.
Despite being powered exclusively by a 200kW/336Nm 3.5 litre petrol V6 and boasting its own unique cabin furnishings, the Aurion's body-in-white is identical to the Camry, and overall dimensions (bar length) are the same.
Specification levels aren't expected to move much for the 2015 model year, though Toyota may elect to streamline the range by dropping a variant from the existing five-model line-up.
The company could also take the opportunity to slash prices across the range - a strategy it undertook with the recent Camry update, where up to $5000 was lopped off retail pricing.
If it does Toyota could have the cheapest large car on the market, undercutting even the bargain-basement Skoda Superb 118TSI.
We shall find out soon.
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