Toyota has just launched the Camry facelift in US market. Currently in its 8th generation that made its debut 3 years ago, the 2021 Camry facelift gets slight exterior styling revisions and equipment upgrades.
The standard version gets a slightly restyled grille and a more defined center air intake, whereas the Sport version gets bigger air intakes at the corners of a tweaked bumper. The Camry also gets a new set of 17- and 18- inch alloy wheels (depending on the trim) as well as new paint schemes including dual-tone options.
2021 Toyota Camry facelift
The interior changes are more noticeable than the exterior. The center console has been revamped with a new freestanding infotainment touchscreen. Depending on the trim level, the display measures either 7 or 9 inches across, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility coming in as standard, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio and a range of connected services. There is a 9 -speaker, 800-watt JBL premium sound system, which is fitted as standard on the top-tier Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation.
Other than that, there are new decorative trim options with either linear dark wood inlays or patterned metal depending on the grade. The seats also feature a new “ratcheted” design, with the luxury-oriented XLE model coming with a new herringbone pattern for the leather perforation.
The most important upgrade is the inclusion of new safety suite. The Camry facelift is the first car in the US to come with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ suite of driver assistance systems. This adds nighttime pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection for autonomous emergency braking, as well as oncoming vehicle detection at junctions. There’s also an emergency steering assist function that stabilizes the car when the driver avoids a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist.
2021 Toyota Camry facelift
Adaptive cruise control has also been upgraded, now accelerating earlier when overtaking slower vehicles for a smoother experience. Other standard features include lane departure warning, lane centering assist, automatic high beam, traffic sign recognition and the new rear seat reminder to alert the driver if a rear passenger has been left behind. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert is optional on regular trims and comes as standard on XLE, XSE and TRD models.
2021 Camry hybrid
The new Camry retains its 2.5 liter Dynamic Force naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, producing 203 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The 3.5 liter V6 in upper-spec models churns out 301 hp and 362 Nm. Both engines are paired to a Direct Shift 8-speed automatic gearbox, with the 2.5 liter unit also available with AWD. Camry Hybrid on the other hand utilizes 176 hp/220 Nm version of the 2.5 liter engine that is paired to a 118 hp electric motor; total system output is rated at 208 hp. The lithium-ion battery is now standard across the range, replacing the previous nickel-metal hybrid unit.
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The base version starts from $24,425 (PKR 40.59 lac) whereas the top-spec V6 goes as high as $35,130 (PKR 58.38 lac). The Camry Hybrid is priced from $28,340 (PKR 47.09 lac) to up to $32,730 (PKR 54.39 lac). In Pakistan the pre-facelift Camry hybrid has recently received a massive price hike of PKR 23 lac and is now available for PKR 1 crore 86.3 lac.
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