The Toyota Camry has been given a set of updates for 2016, and UMW Toyota Motor has announced that the order books have opened for the latest iteration of the XV50. Four variants are available for this outing, with the locally-assembled range starting as before with the 2.0E. The 2.0G, meanwhile, is now called the 2.0GX, and the 2.5 Hybrid is now available in two versions, a base Premium and a range-topping Luxury.

The refresh was introduced here last year, so as you’d expect, no changes to the running gear or outputs. To recap, the 6AR-FSE 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine with VVT-iW and D-4S direct and port injection found in the 2.0E and 2.0G offers 167 PS at 6,500 rpm and 199 Nm at 4,600 rpm, which was 17 PS and nine Nm more than pre-facelift. The mill – which is capable of switching between Otto (for power) and Atkinson (for efficiency) cycles – is paired with a six-speed Super ECT gearbox.

Likewise that on the 2.5 Hybrid. The 2AR-FXE 2.5 litre VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine (160 PS at 5,700 rpm and 213 Nm at 4,500 rpm), working together with a 143 PS/270 Nm electric motor juiced by a nickel-metal hydride battery, is good for a total system output of 205 PS, with drive provided via an e-CVT transmission.

As comprehensive as the 2015 revision was, the 2016 update introduces yet more kit, and important ones in terms of safety equipment available for the car. Like will be seen on the upcoming Corolla facelift, the update for the Camry introduces seven airbags (including a driver’s knee bag), VSC, traction control, hill start assist and emergency stop signal into the equation across the entire model range.

Previously, the 2.0E came with two airbags and didn’t feature VSC and the rest of the items listed above, and though the 2.0GX had all these, it still made do with only two airbags, so the latest specification is a major bump up on the safety front. When announced last year, the 2.5 Hybrid came equipped with all these, along with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert; no change to that here.


Standard equipment is as seen on the facelift, the entire model range coming with auto dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, keyless entry/start, rear-seat Isofix and body-coloured front and rear parking sensors, among other things.

The new X suffix on the 2.0GX brings about a few additions. The 16-inch alloys seen on the 2.0G have been replaced with 17-inch units (with 215/55 profile rubbers), and the model now features a two-DIN, seven-inch touchscreen head unit equipped with WiFi capability. Unlike the seven-inch system on the Hybrid, there’s no navigation as standard, though a version of the unit with navigation is available as an option. Also on, Qi wireless charging, as seen on the Hybrid.

As for the 2.5 Hybrid, the Premium is essentially a scaled-down version of the Luxury. It rides on 16-inch alloys and 215/60 tyres (17s and 215/55 on the Luxury) and comes equipped with a standard tuner/CD player audio system (a seven-inch touchscreen is available as optional kit) and a basic day/night rear-view mirror (electro-chromic on Luxury). It also loses the wireless charging, nanoe ioniser and Blind Spot monitor seen in the Luxury.

Finally, pricing. The 2.0E is priced at RM152,900 (a RM2k decrease from the current RM154,900 pricing), while the 2.0GX goes for RM159,900, down from the RM164,900 now (and essentially back to the launch price in 2015), despite gaining extra equipment.

The 2.5 Hybrid Premium, meanwhile, goes for RM164,900, while the 2.5 Hybrid Luxury is priced at RM174,900, the latter identical to the 2015 2.5 Hybrid variant when it was introduced last year. All prices are on-the-road, including insurance and GST.