Toy­ota Camry V6

Damien O'car­roll – not eas­ily im­pressed – finds the Camry V6 adds ex­cite­ment to Toy­ota's main­stay model.

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While the Toy­ota Au­rion was a thor­oughly com­pe­tent car that went up against the Holden Com­modore and Ford Fal­con in the “Big Aussie Six” seg­ment, it was never as in­ter­est­ing as the com­pe­ti­tion. Nei­ther was the Toy­ota Avalon that pre­ceded it. The Camry is the lat­est Toy­ota to be built on the com­pany’s new TNGA (Toy­ota Next Gen­er­a­tion Ar­chi­tec­ture) plat­form that we have pre­vi­ously ex­pe­ri­enced un­der the Prius and the C-HR small SUV. Stretched for use un­der the Camry, the TNGA plat­form is more rigid than the pre­vi­ous Camry plat­form, en­abling Toy­ota to sit­u­ate the seats lower which, in turn, has meant the de­sign­ers can lower the roof and bon­net, giv­ing the Camry an ath­letic, sportier new look. And what a look it is too. Eas­ily the best look­ing Camry in some time, the new car has hints of Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia (yes, re­ally!) around its flanks while re­tain­ing a fa­mil­iar Toy­ota fam­ily grille at the front. The V6 gets some chrome-tipped dual ex­hausts which en­hance its sporty, ag­gres­sive stance, while the black mesh grille and sports bumper at the front set things off nicely. In­side things are fa­mil­iar, but no­tice­ably more swoopy and stylish. High qual­ity ma­te­ri­als are used through­out and the V6 is im­pres­sively well equipped, with fea­tures like wire­less phone charg­ing, voice recog­ni­tion and SUNA satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion com­ing stan­dard. The new plat­form has also low­ered the Camry’s cen­tre of grav­ity, giv­ing it im­proved driv­ing dy­nam­ics, helped along by a more com­plex dou­ble wish­bone sus­pen­sion set up at the rear and sig­nif­i­cantly re­vised front Macpher­son strut sus­pen­sion at the front. This makes for a Camry that is more lively and re­spon­sive than the pre­vi­ous car, though the driver is al­ways aware of the power and torque be­ing di­rected through the front wheels to the road. This time there is even more power be­ing pushed through the front wheels – 224kw to be pre­cise, along with 362Nm of torque. The re­vised 3.5-litre V6 is a smooth and pow­er­ful unit that, de­liv­ers bril­liant power in a straight line, while the new eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is equally smooth and re­fined. The V6 comes stan­dard with 19-inch al­loy wheels, a sports ex­te­rior styling pack­age, front and rear park­ing sen­sors, sports tuned sus­pen­sion, a boot spoiler, a twin ex­haust sys­tem, sports front seats and LED head­lights and day­time run­ning lights. Key­less en­try gets you in the door, and there’s the al­most oblig­a­tory start but­ton. The in­te­rior en­vi­ron­ment is con­trolled by dual zone au­to­matic air con­di­tion­ing, a seven-inch colour multi in­for­ma­tion dis­play, an eight­inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. The driver has a leather steer­ing wheel and eight­way power driver’s seat ad­just­ment. The Camry V6 is a beau­ti­fully re­fined car that packs high lev­els of equip­ment and safety fea­tures into a body that can ac­tu­ally be de­scribed as at­trac­tive. Some­thing that you couldn’t al­ways ac­cuse the Camry of be­fore.

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