Popular mid-size saloon gets an all-new design and platform, some new petrol engines and lower price in top-spec hybrid form.

After being launched in major markets since last year, the all-new Toyota Camry has finally been introduced in Thailand today.

The latest generation of the Camry gets a completely new look on both the exterior and interior.

The popular mid-size saloon becomes the next Toyota in Thailand after the C-HR to sit on the newly developed TNGA platform (that also underpins the Lexus ES300h).

Three four-cylinder petrol engines are available. Like before, the entry-level model is the 167hp 2.0-litre (6AR-FBS) mated to six-speed automatic transmission.

Next up is the new 2.5-litre (A25A-FKB) which has a more sophisticated variable valve-timing system and higher compression ratio developing 209hp. It’s coupled to a new eight-speed auto. This powertrain replaces the 181hp 2.5-litre (2AR-FE) and six-speed combination.

The third one is the 2.5-litre hybrid (A25A-FXS) whose combustion engine and electric components have been re-engineered for more power and better fuel economy. 

The hybrid’s combined output has risen to 211hp from the 205hp level attained in the previous system (2AR-FXE). Unlike the other two models running a torque-converter auto, the hybrid uses an electronic CVT gearbox.

More driver-assist technologies have been introduced into the Camry such as pre-collision system, automatic cruise control and lane departure warning. Nine airbags are standard across the range, while higher models get rear backrests that can recline and front seats with cool-air ventilation. Sporty accessories from TRD are also available as options.

There’s just one grade for the 2.0 and 2.5 called G priced at 1.445 and 1.589 million baht respectively. The 2.5 HV hybrid costs 1.639 million baht in regular trim and 1.799 million baht for Premium.

While prices are basically the same as before, HV Premium is 64k cheaper than ever yet better specified. That’s because the Camry’s hybrid can now achieve no more than 100g/km of CO2 to enjoy a lower excise tax of just 4%. 

Direct rivals for the Camry in Thailand include the Honda Accord and Nissan Teana. While Honda is gearing up to launch the all-new Accord early next year, Nissan will release the facelifted Teana later this week.

The revised Teana is expected to look like North America’s previous-generation Altima and would feature an array of driving aids. But unlike the Accord and Camry, the Teana will still have no hybrid option to choose from preferring to focus on the usual 136hp 2.0- and 173hp 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol motors. 

News Reporter

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