Text: VJ Bacungan / Photos: Toyota Press | posted April 21, 2014 13:38
U.S. sales to start in Fall 2014, more focus on sporty driving dynamics
The US-market Toyota Camry midsize sedan gets its midlife update for 2015 at the 2014 New York International Show, with everything except the roof completely redesigned.
The carmaker revealed that apart from changes to the exterior and interior, the 2015 Camry has been tuned for better driving feel, particularly in the new XSE and Hybrid SE variants.
“Customers today love the durability, quality and value that the Camry represents, but they are looking for a little more style, comfort and performance, and this 2015 Camry has all of the above,” said Robert Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations of Toyota Motor Sales USA.
Additional spot welds were added to the door openings to increase rigidity and improve ride quality, along with a stiffer body structure.
Meanwhile, the electric power steering (EPS) has been tuned for more responsiveness through the wheel and the brakes have been uprated with a two-stage brake booster for better stopping performance and pedal feel.
Toyota said the XSE model is the “sportiest Camry yet,” with model-specific 18-inch wheels, unique shock absorbers, firmer bushings, higher rate coil springs and unique EPS tuning.
The Hybrid SE also comes with uprated suspension to deliver an “eco-fun driving experience.”
Other variants include the entry-level LE, the sport-tuned SE and the luxury-oriented XLE.
The Camry will continue to be available with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, paired with 6-speed automatic transmissions, or a 2.5-liter, Atkinson Cycle engine with Hybrid Synergy drive mated to a continuously variable transmission.
On the outside, the new Camry is 45 mm longer than its predecessor, with a 10 mm wider track.
The front end follows the design of the new Corolla, with a sculpted hood, reshaped head lights – with an option for light-emitting diode (LED) units – and an enormous, trapezoidal lower grille. The creases that house the LED daytime running lights give the car a wider stance and more prominent cheekbones.
Down the side, a prominent body line runs from the front door to the top of the tail lights, where it joins the Lexus-like rear end with its high trunk lip and long trunk garnish.
Inside, the instrument panel features a new, 4.2-inch screen nestled between the three-dimensional Optitron gauges on the SE, XLE and XSE models. This displays a wide range of vehicle functions and coordinates with the multimedia system to display audio, navigation, warnings and communications.
Exposed stitching and satin chrome trim create a sporty, upmarket ambiance.
The more prominent center console has been redesigned for more storage capacity and is available with an optional wireless charging system for select smart phones.
Toyota said the new model is its quietest-ever Camry with improved window and door seals, redesigned side mirrors and 30 percent more carpet insulation.
The Camry comes standard with Toyota’s STAR Safety System, which is essentially a combination of five computer-controlled braking and stability systems.
Optional safety features include: Lane Departure Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System with Auto High Beams and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Sales in the United States (U.S.) are expected to begin in the fall of this year.