Toyota might have just shown us what the facelifted Camry could look like in the Philippines.
Following the launch of the updated North American-spec Camry last July, the Japanese automaker has now revealed the refreshed 2021 Camry in Europe. Between the two, the changes to this European-spec model aren't as extensive, but here's the kicker: the Camry sold in Europe is visually similar to the one Toyota sells here as opposed to the one sold in North America. Does that mean this facelifted Europe model will be similar to the one for the Philippines as well?
Starting with the exterior design, the visual updates on the 2021 Camry are quite subtle. The only noticeable difference can be found in the front fascia. Toyota slightly reworked the front bumper, grill and added a chrome trim at the edges to give the sedan “more dynamism, greater prestige, and wider-looking stance.” Aside from the revised front end, there are new 17- and 18-inch wheels and new color choices to choose from. The rest of the vehicle remains unchanged from the pre-facelift model.
There are more subtle updates inside, the most noticeable being the new 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with faster software and screen response along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The floating touchscreen itself has been positioned higher up on the dashboard making it easier to use and improving visibility. To give the Camry a more luxurious feel, new trim finishes and interior finishes can be chosen by customers.
Apart from the visual changes, improvements were also made to Toyota Safety Sense. The Pre-Collision System (PCS) has been updated with daytime front-to-front oncoming vehicle detection, Emergency Steering Assist, and Intersection Turn Assistance. The latter provides automatic braking if the driver turns left or right in front of an oncoming vehicle or a pedestrian on the road.
No changes were made to the powertrain for the 2021 Camry. While the design changes may be relevant for our market, the mechanical workings of our Camry is different as the European-spec model is exclusively hybrid.
As we mentioned earlier, the Camry sold by Toyota Motor Philippines looks visually similar to the European model, and it could very well be that the facelift for Europe could be similar -if not the same- as the one that we will get in the future.
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