The Weekly Advertiser Horsham

Facelifted Camry hits the road

- – Haitham Razagui

The facelifted Toyota Camry mid-size sedan range is now on sale in Australia priced from $30,990 plus on-road costs – and only one of the five variants comes without a hybrid drivetrain.

Prices are up between $1700 and $4200 across the board, with Toyota in return upgrading standard safety technologi­es by adding road sign recognitio­n, lane-centring assistance, intersecti­on collision avoidance, emergency steering assist and Toyota’s Connected Services telematics system.

The latter can automatica­lly alert emergency services with vehicle location data in the event of an accident serious enough to activate the airbags and includes a stolen vehicle tracking function. Manual emergency requests can also be made using an onboard SOS button.

On the entry-level Ascent petrol – the only variant now available with a nonhybrid option – a useful 19kw/22nm increase in power and torque comes courtesy of its upgraded 2.5-litre fourcylind­er petrol engine that produces 152kw and 243Nm.

With direct injection and a high 13:1 compressio­n ratio, the engine can still operate on 91 RON regular unleaded and returns 6.8 litres per 100km on the official combined cycle, down from 7.8L/100km in its predecesso­r, helped

by the switch from a six- to eightspeed automatic transmissi­on.

A total system output of 160kw remains for the hybrid, as do fuel consumptio­n figures between 4.2L/100km and 4.5L/100km depending on the variant, while the sports-oriented SX variant gets a hybrid for the first time with this facelift and consumes 4.7L/100km.

On the subject of Camry SX, all V6

engines have been dumped along with all four-cylinder petrols apart from the Ascent, consolidat­ing the range from nine variants to five.

Styling updates include a new grille and front bumper design that on the base Ascent features horizontal slats and a honeycomb mesh on other variants, which also get a different lower bumper design with full-width chin spoiler and additional trim pieces

that subtly mimic the Lexus ‘spindle grille’.

Going for the Ascent hybrid costs an extra $2500 over the petrol. In addition to fuel-saving benefits, the electrifie­d version gains dual-zone climate control over the petrol’s basic manual air-conditioni­ng set-up, as well as keyless entry and start. But the hybrid has a space-saver spare wheel instead of the petrol’s full-size alloy item.

Equipment is otherwise identical for the Ascent variants, with the urethane steering wheel and cloth seats befitting a base model. Adjustment of both is manual, with electric lumbar support for the driver. The instrument panel has a 4.2-inch trip computer display.

The 7.0-inch touchscree­n media system has six speakers, voice recognitio­n, Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone integratio­n, DAB+ digital radio reception, Bluetooth and compatibil­ity with the mytoyota app system enabling access to Waze navigation, Stitcher audio streaming, Webex conference calling and provides vision from the reversing camera and guidelines.

For $36,290 plus on-roads the Ascent Sport adds three driving modes, electric folding door mirrors, bigger 7.0-inch instrument panel and 9.0inch media screens – the latter with in-built satellite navigation – and a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel.

At the top of the Camry tree is the $46,990 plus on-roads SL, which has a head-up display, heated and ventilated front seats, surround-view monitor, nine-speaker JBL premium audio, panoramic glass roof, a powered boot lid, self-dimming rearview mirror and 18-inch alloys.

 ??  ?? UPDATE:
Toyota Camry has revealed pricing and full specs for its mid-life sedan facelift.
UPDATE: Toyota Camry has revealed pricing and full specs for its mid-life sedan facelift.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia