2021 Toyota Camry facelift officially launched in OZ – subtle nip and tuck, 2.5L hybrid with 218 PS, fr RM99k

2021 Toyota Camry facelift officially launched in OZ – subtle nip and tuck, 2.5L hybrid with 218 PS, fr RM99k

The 2021 Toyota Camry facelift has officially been launched in Australia. As previously reported, there are five variants on sale, all of which are powered by a 2.5 litre engine. However, only the base Ascent trim gets a 2.5L naturally-aspirated mill, while the rest are hybrids.

According to Toyota Australia, demand for the Camry hybrid has been strong, with 70% of customers opting for the electrified variants through 2020. The hybrid uses a 2.5 litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine that’s married with two electric motors to provide a maximum output of 160 kW, or 218 PS.

Toyota says the powertrain provides a seamless and linear power delivery, thanks in part to the electronic continuously variable transmission (e-CVT). Three drive modes are available – Eco, Normal and Sport. Higher trims such as the SX and SL get tiptronic function and shift paddles.

Meanwhile, the sole non-hybrid Ascent variant (pictured here in blue) gets a 2.5 litre Dynamic Force engine that puts out 207 PS, and power is sent to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic. The combined fuel consumption for it is 4.2 litres per 100 km, while the SL does 4.5 litres per 100 km. The sportier SX trim comes in at 4.7 litres per 100 km.

In terms of design, the Australian Camry gets a more defined centre air intake, while the Ascent Sport, SX and SL grades now feature wide flared side fins, a splitter, new honeycomb mesh grille insert, new wheel design options, and up to eight exterior colours to choose from. The SX variant is the only variant to get 19-inch wheels and sports suspension.

Inside, the biggest difference concerns the infotainment touchscreen. There is now a nine-inch (one inch larger than before) freestanding unit that sits at the top of the dashboard. The seven-inch touchscreen on the Ascent model – previously embedded in the centre console – has also been moved to the same position. Both displays offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support as standard.

2021 Toyota Camry facelift officially launched in OZ – subtle nip and tuck, 2.5L hybrid with 218 PS, fr RM99k

Now, depending on the trim, the Camry can be had with a nine-speaker JBL sound system (six speakers are standard), dual-zone automatic climate control, panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and power adjustable front passenger seat with lumbar support.

On the safety side of things, the Camry gets Toyota Safety Sense as standard. Bundled in the kit are AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection (daytime only), adaptive cruise control, lane trace assist, lane centring function with steering assist, speed limit recognition, seven airbags, and Isofix child seat anchors.

Higher trims get upgraded with blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, front parking sensors, a head-up display, and panoramic view monitor. Pricing starts from AUD 30,990 (RM99k) for the base Ascent to AUD 46,990 (RM150k) for the top SL variant.

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  • Lets See on Apr 15, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Meanwhile here we pay RM99k for Lemons

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    • Civic Turbo 2018 on Apr 15, 2021 at 2:40 pm

      Once a VVTi. 20-30 years a VVTi

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    • AutoFrenz (the original) on Apr 15, 2021 at 3:56 pm

      Best selling sedan in usa for 15 years and more…the best only for the best…meeanwhile Malaysians prefer second best Accord…

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  • YB Albert on Apr 15, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Down Under Camry..only RM100k.Here double the price.Malaysians paying an arm or leg just to smell new interior of a facelift Camry hooked up to a 108 month HP loan.

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  • Dwayne on Apr 15, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Very nice for OZ, better value than BMW 520 base spec

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  • Potate on Apr 15, 2021 at 11:34 am

    If umw retained the retail price of 170k-180k instead of close to 200k it would have still retained the king of d segment. Look now toyota has to lower the pricing to 180k but its already abit late.

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  • dong gor on Apr 15, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Malaysians can get a rm 3.50 Ramli burger and call it a meal. Australians on the other hand can get a 99k Camry.
    searching the formula to get the best of both worlds.

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  • Afeeq on Apr 15, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    How does a base level, naturally aspirated Toyota Camry have more power (207 PS) than Malaysia’s cream of the crop, glory to the nation, top of the line Proton X70 (188PS) ??

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  • Meanwhile me, waiting the current Camry to be delivered be like :D

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