Remember the news that the Toyota Camry is going to be discontinued in Japan? Well, everywhere else in the world, the popular midsize sedan will continue to be sold. Developed mainly by Toyota’s North American division, the new 2025 Toyota Camry has finally been revealed, debuting a sharper yet more elegant look, though one that looks quite familiar.
Actually, if you take a look at its exterior, the design will give you a strong sense of déjà vu. Though most of the exterior panels are new to the Camry, the A-pillar looks like a carryover from the outgoing model. Up front, the new 2025 Camry adopts the “Hammerhead” front fascia that first debuted in the new Prius. This has become Toyota’s signature design as of late, and it’s by C-shaped LED daytime running lights. Wider LED taillights, a more sloped roofline, and a new “Beyond Zero” horizon-style badge that made its local debut in the Yaris Cross complete the Camry’s transformation.
Just like in past models, the US-market Camry comes in two distinct flavors, the elegant LE and XLE and the sporty SE and XSE. The SE and XSE come with an optional black contrasting roof, sportier wheel designs, as well as sportier front and rear bumpers.
Moving inside, the transformation of the Camry is much more prominent. There’s a new, thicker, and heavily sculpted dash which consists of a canopy effect that visually separates the driver from the front passenger. Material quality has also been improved from the previous model, with a greater use of soft-touch materials and leather upholstery on the lower sections of the dash.
As for the tech features, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster and 8-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia System is offered as standard, while while XLE and XSE come with a pair of 12.3-inch screens for both the gauges and the infotainment screen. A 9-speaker JBL sound system is offered as an optional extra for the North American market, along with an available panoramic sunroof.
In North America, the 2025 Toyota Camry has ditched the V6 in favor of just a hybrid powertrain. Running the latest fifth-generation Toyota Hybrid System, the 2.5-liter engine and two electric motors produce 225 horsepower, up from 211 from the outgoing model. For the first time ever, an AWD Camry hybrid is going to be offered as well, which adds a third electric motor at the rear wheels to bring up the total system output to 232 horsepower. However, the AWD uses an on-demand system, which means that it’s only producing the full 232 horses when additional traction is needed.
While the 2025 Camry seems to carry over its TNGA-K platform, we do think that this will come with chassis upgrades to improve comfort and handling. However, Toyota is proud to highlight that the Camry has re-engineered suspension for more responsive and agile handling, while the sportier SE and XSE benefit from an even sportier tune for the suspension.
The new Camry also gets an upgraded Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), and the major highlight is the new Proactive Driving Assist (PDA). PDA augments the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) by adding steering and braking support during curves and even the detection of obstacles when going through such curves.
The 2025 Toyota Camry will go on sale first in the United States in the Spring of 2024, while a Philippine launch could happen sometime in late 2024 or early 2025.