Two months after the all-new, eighth-generation Toyota Camry was announced for the Japanese market, the midsize sedan now finally goes on sale. Interested Malaysians should take note because this particular Camry will be the one offered by UMW Toyota in the near future.
Where the American-bound Camry gets flashy styling, its Japanese equivalent goes takes a more conservative approach whilst retaining the Keen Look design philosophy. The front fascia gets a multi-dimensional lower grille, bi-LED headlamps and a much sleeker front grille. The rear on the other hand, gets a nice raised shoulder line that slopes down to the LED tail lamps.
The cabin however, is the same as that in the US with Toyota’s latest-generation Human and Machine Interface (HMI) taking centre stage. Apart from Toyota Safety Sense P which comes as standard, the Camry also adopts Rear Cross Traffic Auto Brake. This system will automatically apply the brakes when another vehicle is detected at the rear when reversing.
Only the sole hybrid variant is offered for Japan. The A25A-FXS 2.5-litre Dynamic Force engine coupled with an electric motor produce a combined output of 208 hp. Electrical juice is stored by a lithium-ion battery, and together the system returns an impressive at 33.4 km/l.
The JDM Toyota Camry is offered in three grades and can be had in seven exterior hues. It begins from 3,294,000 yen (approximately RM125k) for the X trim, followed by the G trim at 3,499,200 yen (approximately RM132k). The latter is also offered with Leather Package which commands a rather premium price of 4,195,800 yen (approximately RM159k).