The Hybrid models have a purpose-engineered 2.5-litre petrol engine linked to an all-new electric motor, control unit, transaxle and HV metal hydride battery. These uprated electrics deliver significantly improved packaging and cabin space in addition to improved efficiency.
Combined output is an impressive 160kW and 202Nm, delivered via a CVT automatic transmission. Hybrid powertrains are available in all bar the sports-orientated SX grade, from $29,990 to $40,990 plus on-roads, with government fuel economy assessed as low as 4.2L/100km.
But the engine that’s really leading the charge for the new Camry is the latest 24-valve quad-cam 3.5-litre petrol V6, the most powerful naturally aspirated Toyota sedan engine, rated at 224kW and 362Nm and delivered via a sophisticated eight-speed automatic. It’s available on SX and SL models for $37,290 and $43,990 respectively.
For a sporting flavour, look to the SX model with 19-inch wheels, sports suspension, LED lighting and a spoiler.
The entry-level Ascent will account for the greatest volume of sales, so it’s pleasing to see that it gets the same comprehensive safety pack as all (bar the top-spec SL), which gains blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. For a sporting flavour, look to the SX model with 19-inch wheels, sports suspension, LED lighting and a boot-lid spoiler, plus leather-accented sports seats and paddle gear shifters.
Ascent Sport and SX also gain an eight-inch screen and satellite navigation, but only the SX and SL get wireless phone charging. Equipment in our SL test car leans towards comfort and convenience, adding powered and ventilated front seats, driver’s seat memory, 10-inch colour head-up display, rain-sensing wipers, a powered and auto-tilt steering column and, for petrol-only models, a panoramic glass roof.