Toyota seems to be very busy these days. Just a few days after unveiling the Corolla Cross, the Japanese automaker has also debuted the facelifted 2021 Toyota Camry. America’s best-selling sedan has been given a revised exterior design, a new infotainment system, and more advanced safety tech.
Blink and you’ll miss the exterior changes of the 2021 Toyota Camry. As before, the Camry is available in two distinct faces: the luxury-oriented LE and XLE and the sport-oriented SE and XSE. The ASEAN market gets the luxury-oriented design of the LE and XLE variants. Toyota has given both variants more defined front fascias. In the case of the luxury-oriented LE and XLE, the lower grille is wider and more defined. All variants gain new alloy wheel designs, while the SE and XSE get a honeycomb pattern for the grille and new color combinations.
The interior design largely remains unchanged, though Toyota decided to slap on a “floating screen” with no means to even integrate it with the rest of the interior. The standard size is 7 inches while an optional 9-inch unit is available. At least Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are now standard.
In North America, the Camry continues to be powered by three engine choices. The base 2.5-liter inline-4 Dynamic Force naturally-aspirated gasoline engine still produces 203 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The other gasoline engine is a 3.5-liter V6 with 301 hp and 362 Nm of torque. The last one is a hybrid that has a 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine and an electric motor. The total system output is 208 hp. Both gasoline engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic while the hybrid is mated to an e-CVT. The base inline-4 2.5-liter engine also gets optional AWD. Toyota also says that the AWD models accounted for 15 percent of Camry sales since its introduction.
All North American Camrys receive a new Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ as standard. The new system enhances the automatic emergency braking feature by adding pedestrian and cyclist detection. In addition, the upgraded system also detects oncoming vehicles and pedestrians when performing a left turn at intersections.
Production of the 2021 Toyota Camry will begin in October with pricing to be announced closer to its on-sale date.