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Following its unveiling at the Moscow motor show recently, we now have more details of the global-market Toyota Camry XV50 facelift and in particular, its new 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine. Seems there’s much more to this facelift than we think…

New 2.0 litre engine with VVT-iW, D-4S and EGR, mated to six-speed Multi-mode auto

The 1,998 cc, Euro 5-compliant engine features VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide). VVT-iW debuted on the Lexus NX 200t‘s direct-injected 2.0 litre turbo 8AR-FTS engine, enabling it to run in both Otto and modified-Atkinson cycles.

At low loads, the VVT-iW-equipped engine is capable of switching to a modified-Atkinson cycle to boost fuel economy. At higher revs, the engine can return to the Otto cycle for enhanced power delivery and performance. VVT-iW features standard VVT-i on the exhaust valves and VVT-iW on the intake side. The latter features a mid-position camshaft lock mechanism which retards the continuously variable valve timing.

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For the new Camry, combined with a new six-speed Multi-mode automatic gearbox (bye bye four-speed auto!), Toyota claims a fuel economy of 7.2 litres per 100 km – a 13% reduction over the outgoing 2.0 litre engine. The new Multi-mode six-speeder is electronically controlled, and features Flex Lock-up Control, AI-Shift Control and an Eco indicator. All three engines – 2.0, 2.5 and 3.5 V6 – will utilise this gearbox.

With a 12.8:1 compression ratio, the new 2.0 litre engine develops 150 PS at 5,600-6,500 rpm and 199 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm (outgoing 2.0 litre: 150 PS at 6,000 rpm, 190 Nm at 4,000 rpm). As a result, the new Camry sprints to 100 km/h from rest in 10.4 seconds before hitting a 210 km/h top speed (pre-facelift XV50 2.0 with four-speed auto: 12.5 seconds, 187 km/h).

There’s D-4S too, which means separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection. Depending on engine speed, there’s high-pressure direct injection into the cylinder and conventional intake port injection, or direct cylinder injection only. Hence, intake air and fuel are mixed evenly at all engine speed ranges, increasing throttle response, power and torque over a wide range of engine speeds without sacrificing fuel efficiency.

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The engine is also fitted with a water-cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system, combining an EGR cooler with an electronically-controlled EGR valve to give optimum control of the EGR gas flow volume for equal distribution to each cylinder, enhancing fuel economy.

Other improvements include optimised shapes of the cylinder head intake port and piston (creating tumble flow for better combustion), enhanced cooling for the cylinder block, cylinder head and piston oil jet, plus an optimised taper squish shape to improve anti-knock performance.

An offset crankshaft reduces the piston thrust load to lower friction losses. Allied to enhanced cylinder bore roundness, a resin coating to the piston skirts and lower tension piston rings reduce friction losses from the rotating parts. The adoption of roller rocker arms and a low friction timing chain further reduce valvetrain friction losses.

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New preload differential on front axle, retuned suspension and steering

The new Toyota Camry is fitted with a preload differential on the front axle – its first application in conjunction with an automatic transmission. A plate spring located between the side gear and side gear washer within the differential adds preload by generating frictional force in the sliding parts under light loads or low rotational speed differences.

This provides torque to limit the differential motion between the right and left driven wheels. Under mid to high loads that exceed the plate spring pressure, system operation is identical to an open differential. The result? Improved vehicle control and straight-line stability.

Also, Toyota says the suspension’s damper characteristics have been fine-tuned to improve ride comfort, and the speed-sensitive electric power steering has been tuned for more accuracy and control. Reducing NVH is the presence of more insulation material within the front doors and underneath the carpet.

Exterior: “Under Priority” design philosophy, 25 mm longer

Distinct from the US-market Toyota Camry facelift, the global-market car gets a new face with added aggro, comprising a slim front grille with a big chrome slab on top, plus a huge trapezoidal lower intake with integrated, deeply-recessed fog lamps.

The new, slimmer headlamp clusters combine a high-beam reflector, low-beam projector, turn indicator and integral LED DRLs. A chrome strip wraps around the lower intake to underscore the fog lamps, which are bridged by a front spoiler. Aft of the fog lamps sit sharply-sculpted intakes which help to cool the brakes and engine bay.

A slight increase in front and rear overhangs means the global-market XV50 Toyota Camry facelift is 25 mm longer than before. There’s a new 17-inch alloy design. Round the back, there’re new LED combination lamps bridged by a chrome strip, and a reshaped rear bumper.

At the low extremities of the rear bumper are reflector inserts. Seven body colours will be available, of which two are new – Grey Mica metallic and Dark Blue Mica metallic.

Interior: New steering wheel, instrument panel, illumination and colour schemes

Apart from a new three-spoke steering wheel, the 2015 Toyota Camry features a redesigned instrument panel with blue backlighting, with a 4.2-inch TFT display sitting between the Optitron rev counter and speedometer. The TFT can show navigation, driving stats, warning messages, plus phone and audio presets, amongst others.

The centre stack houses either a 6.1- or 7.0-inch full-colour screen, and the climate controls beneath it have been “completely redesigned with improved switchgear functionality and tactility.”

The gear lever base is now finished in dark grey, the A-pillars in a new fabric and the dashboard, centre console and door panels in a new Crotch wood finish. Moreover, driver and front passenger footwells gain blue illumination.

New colour schemes are also available – Black with fabric or perforated leather upholstery, and a new Flaxen finish with full leather upholstery.

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Wireless charging, tri-zone air-con, rear armrest with control panel, JBL sound, active safety systems and up to nine airbags

The 2015 Toyota Camry features wireless charging, which allows one to recharge compatible mobile phones simply by placing them on a pad on the centre console (Qi wireless charging debuted on the 2013 Toyota Avalon).

There’s also tri-zone air-con with nanoe technology, so driver, front passenger and rear passengers can enjoy independent temperature control. A new Memory Pack gives you memory settings for the driver’s seat, steering column and wing mirrors.

The rear centre armrest features a control panel, like something out of a Lexus. Here, you can control heating and reclining of the rear seats, adjust rear air-con temperature and control audio. A powered rear blind is operable via switches in the front and rear of the cabin. Of course, the rear doors feature pull-up side blinds.

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Also on are Toyota’s Touch 2 and Touch 2 with Go Plus infotainment systems. In addition to CD, MP3, Bluetooth and USB compatibility, and a reverse camera display, Touch 2 now has MirrorLink, so you can connect your smartphone and operate it entirely from the touch-screen.

Touch 2 with Go Plus adds navigation and a range of connected services including Toyota Real Time Traffic, Google Street View and Local Search. For the audiophiles, there’s a 10-speaker JBL Matrix Premium Sound System.

Active and passive safety features include TRC, VSC, whiplash-mitigating front seats and up to nine airbags. There’s also a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Auto High Beam.

So, how many of all of these lovely new features will Malaysia get? =)