Have you been waiting for the all-new Toyota Camry? Well, we don't have to wait much longer as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has already announced that the next-generation Camry will be arriving soon.
While the Philippines will only be getting the new Camry soon, most of of the world has already had the next-generation Camry for quite some time now. In fact, the US-spec Camry was first introduced as early as January 2017. For those in Asia however, we had to wait awhile longer. Japan only got the Camry earlier this year; while Thailand got it just last month.
For the time being, it is still uncertain which variants of the Camry will be made available locally. What is likely though is that the Camry offered here will be based on the ASEAN-spec model which just debuted in Thailand.
Visually, the US-spec, Japan-spec and the ASEAN-spec model look nearly identical. The main difference between the US-spec model and the ASEAN-spec would be the lack of a sport-oriented model. Much like in Thailand, we will likely be getting the standard model only without the more aggressive looking bumpers and wheels.
As for powertrain, there are three engine options to choose from in Thailand. It starts with a 2.0-liter engine that produces 167 PS and 199 Nm of torque. Moving up is the 2.5-liter engine which outputs 209 PS and 250 Nm torque. The last option is the hybrid engine which is a combination of the 2.5-liter unit and an electric motor. Combined, the hybrid powertrain generates 211 PS. As for transmission choices, the 2.0-liter unit continues to use a 6-speed automatic while the 2.5-liter engine now gets a new 8-speed unit. Hybrid models will use a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
TMP has not mentioned which engine options and features will be made available to the Philippine-spec Camry. Given the favorable tax breaks in hybrid vehicles, it could be possible that the hybrid variant may also join the local line up as the new top spec model.