Since 1982, Toyota is building the mid-size Camry sedan. Today, the automaker is unveiling the seventh-generation Camry. It is one of the best-selling sedan in the US.
The 2012 Camry debuts a bold, sophisticated new design with a more spacious interior, improved driving dynamics and an even quieter ride than before the automaker said.
According to Bob Carter, group vice president of U.S. sales, The 2012 Camry has the best safety, handling and fuel economy among U.S. midsize sedans, with the hybrid version averaging 41 miles per gallon of gasoline, a 24 percent increase compared to the actual model.
Toyota said the new generation Camry will have a sportier drive with tighter suspension and handling. It also will include 10 airbags to protect the driver and passengers.
Most models get a 6.1-inch center console touch-screen, and side-detection monitoring is an all-new feature. All models come with an automatic transmission standard; the manual available on the 2011 Camry Base, LE and SE trims is gone.
The vehicle comes in three powertrain versions: 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder, 3.5-liter V6, and 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder gasoline-electric hybrid. All have improved fuel efficiency over their corresponding predecessors, with the 2012 “Camry Hybrid” in particular achieving a 30% increase with a U.S. EPA-estimated city fuel-economy rating of 43 mpg.
Toyota calls the 2012 Camry “all new,” using the industry’s favored description, and points to new styling, a new interior and refinements to support the claim. However, if we look at the engines, the four and six cylinder gasoline engines, as well as the platform, or chassis, are carryovers with few tweaks from the 2011 model. Moreover, the new Camry is the same size as the old one, and the new styling isn’t the radical change that the 1992 represented.
The top of the line DOHC 3.5-liter V6, available in the SE and XLE grades, delivers 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,700 rpm. Enhancements to this engine boost its fuel economy to projected EPA-estimated ratings of 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway, the best for any current V6 midsize sedan.
Question is – is this enough for today’s market?
Important to know – 2012 Toyota Camry:
When will be available: Gasoline models on sale Oct. 3, gas-electric hybrid, Oct. 27.
Where is made: Yes – it is made in the US
Most powerfull engine: 3.5-liter V-6 rated 268 hp at 6,200, 248 lbs.-ft. at 4,700.
Size?: 189.2 inches long, 71.2 in. wide, 57.9 in. tall on a 109.3-in. wheelbase.
Price: From $21,955 MSRP
Warranty: Toyota’s 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against corrosion with no mileage limitation. The hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter, are covered for eight years/100,000 miles.