New 2021 Toyota Camry facelift gets TSS 2.5+ and new floating touchscreen

Eric · Jul 16, 2020 09:29 AM

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Toyota USA has just unveiled the new 2021 Toyota Camry facelift, roughly three years after the model made its debut. In the process, it gains a revised front-end as well as improvements on the inside.

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Let’s take a closer look at the new Camry facelift.

 

Exterior – Now with an Avalon-inspired front-end

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For the North American market, the LE and XLE trims receive a redesigned front-end that features a more prominent lower air intake, giving it a Toyota Avalon-inspired look.

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Keep in mind that the Camry LE/XLE is the best representation of our forthcoming ASEAN market model.

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The sportier SE and XSE trims (which probably isn’t for us) also receive a revised front-end with a honeycomb-style grille and side vents inserts.

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The Camry XSE isn't coming here

Rounding up the exterior are new alloy wheel designs, for both the 17- and 18-inch wheels.

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Curiously, the rear-end of the new Camry remains unchanged.

Interior – Hello floating infotainment display

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While styling cues on the exterior are best described as mild, Toyota has given the updated Camry a new floating-style infotainment display, available in two sizes: 7- or 9-inches.

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In-line with other current Toyota models, the updated Camry’s infotainment system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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Toyota has also given the updated Camry new interior trim, available as dark wood or patterned metal, depending on the variant.

Safety – First Toyota model to get TSS 2.5+

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The 2021 Toyota Camry is the first Toyota model to feature the enhanced Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+) ADAS suite.

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According to Toyota, the biggest improvement is the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD). In addition to the improved PCS, it also gets:

  • Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)

Powertrain – Same Dynamic Force engines for the US

 

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The same range of Dynamic Force engines are offered on the updated Toyota Camry, including:

  • 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol: 205 PS, 252 Nm
  • 3.5-litre, V6 petrol: 305 PS, 362 Nm
  • 2.5-litre, four-cylinder hybrid: 210 PS combined system output

What about Malaysia?

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Toyota commenced production of the US-market XV70-generation Camry back in June 2017 at its Kentucky facility and the model was introduced in Thailand back in October 2018. 

As such, it is possible that it would take a similar, if not shorter time for the model to be introduced in this region, likely in mid-2021 or late-2021. 

A Malaysian debut should happen shortly after the model is introduced in Thailand, as the Camry is imported from there.

Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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