As previous shots have indicated, the new 2007 Toyota Camry has been due on our local shores for quite some time now, and today UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd has finally launched it, the 4th generation Toyota Camry. And this time, unlike it’s previous 3 incarnations, it is a fully imported CBU model from Thailand. Toyota has decided to take advantage of AFTA rates and import Camrys from Thailand instead of assembling them here, as part of it’s production rationalisation plan for the ASEAN market.
We’ve actually had a hint that the new Camry will be a CBU, previously spyshots have been available of the new Camry in port holding areas, now why would a fully built up Toyota Camry be sitting in a port if it were not fully imported from overseas?
More details and photos after the jump.
The new Toyota Camry is available in three versions â€“ the low end Toyota Camry 2.0E priced at RM139,066, the Toyota Camry 2.0G at RM149,053 and the high end 2.4V going for RM168,303. This is a slight increase over the current prices where the 2.0E, and the 2.4V goes for RM134,700, and RM161,300 respectively. The 2.0G is a new addition to the Camry range, a higher spec version compared to the Camry 2.0E.
Looking at the Thai specs list, which is likely not too be too different from the one we’re going to get here, the 2.0 litre model gets a small power bump from 142 horsepower at 5,600rpm to 145 horsepower at 6,000rpm, but peak torque remains the same at 190Nm @ 4,000rpm. The new 2.0 litre model’s gearbox is a Super ECT 4-speed, similiar to the one in the previous one, with the same ratios as well so it must be the same unit.
As for the 2.4 litre model, power is now 165 horsepower at 6,000rpm, up from the previous range’s 150 horsepower at 5,600rpm. Torque is up from 218Nm between 3,800rpm to 4,200rpm – it’s now 224Nm at 4,000rpm. The 2.4 litre model has a new gearbox, instead of the previous 4-speed Super-ECT, the new 2.4 litre Camry gets a 5-speed automatic gearbox with Sequential Shift. 2 of the gears are overdrive gears, for better fuel economy during highway cruising.
There is a 3.5 litre V6 version overseas, but it doesn’t look like it will be introduced here any time due to unfavorable market conditions. So the Camry has no competitor to go against the small volume Honda Accord 3.0 V6 for the moment. UMW targets to sell 500 units of the new fully imported 2007 Toyota Camry a month.