The 2015 Toyota Camry facelift has been launched in Thailand, featuring upgraded looks and an all-new engine and gearbox combo. Yes, Toyota is pulling off a significant mid-life update for its D-segment sedan. Also introduced in the Thai range is a sporty-looking Camry Extremo variant. Now we’ve seen everything.

A total of six variants are offered there: 2.0G, 2.0G Extremo, 2.5G, 2.5HV CD, 2.5HV Navigator and 2.5HV Premium. The first two models get the biggest upgrade over the outgoing Camry, featuring the new 2.0 litre VVT-iW & D-4S engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission (in place of the old four-speeder).

The 6AR-FSE motor has a much higher compression ratio compared to the old 1AZ-FE (12.7:1 vs 9.8:1), along with new advancements such as VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) and D-4S (separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection). Toyota’s VVT-iW tech first debuted on the Lexus NX 200t.


Output numbers are up from the current 150 PS and 190 Nm to 167 PS and 199 Nm. Together with the six-speed automatic gearbox, a fuel efficiency improvement of 13% is claimed. The rest of the range is unchanged, with the same 181 PS/231 Nm 2.5 litre engine and 160 PS/213 Nm 2.5 litre petrol plus 105 PS/270Nm hybrid combo options offered.

As for looks, the non-hybrid models match what we’ve seen from the global-market XV50 facelift that was first revealed in August last year, with a far more dynamic looking front end and a nice chrome bar running through the rear lights at the back. The hybrid variant, however, gets a unique front grille treatment that is different to the JDM Camry Hybrid.

The aforementioned Camry Extremo sports an aggressive set of all-around bodykit that includes a prominent rear diffuser, twin exhaust pipes and a bootlid spoiler. On top of that, the bespoke 17-inch two-tone wheels are connected to variant-specific performance dampers too, so don’t call this a mere dress-up package.

Inside, the updated Camry adds quite a few stand-out features, including full-LED headlamps with auto high beam, three-zone climate control, power-adjustable rear seats, a 10-speaker JBL audio system, Qi wireless charger, dynamic radar cruise control, blind-spot monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, lane departure warning, pre-crash alert and seven airbags.

Most of these features are exclusive to the range-topping 2.5HV Premium variant only, but the fact that they are even available on a Camry is nothing less than incredible. Prices in Thailand start from 1,319,000 baht (around RM148,500 at current exchange rates) for the base 2.0G, on to 1,899,000 baht (RM213,600) for the one with all the bells and whistles.

The 2015 Toyota Camry facelift (together with a new CKD hybrid variant) is likely to arrive in Malaysia sooner rather than later, as we’ve already seen it testing on local roads. Whether we will get the new engine and extra toys or not, we’ll have to wait and see. It’s not always a given that we will, of course, as remember, we missed out on the Thai-market Honda CR-V facelift’s new CVT gearbox.