The new Toyota Camry, on sale now in NZ, has a fresh new look, improved fuel economy, and enhanced comfort, style and connectivity
The new Camry range includes the GL, available with 5-speed manual or automatic transmission and the automatic Camry Sportivo. The GLX model is no longer included in the range.
Fuel consumption for automatic models is now 8.9 litres per 100 kilometres and Camry now meets Euro 4 emission standards, with a more than an 11 per cent improved efficiency over the outgoing model.
CO² emissions have improved to 208 grams per kilometre, according to ADR 81/02 combined results, compared to previous emissions at 233 grams per kilometre
Toyota says the lower fuel use has been achieved by changes to the 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and the five-speed automatic transmission.
The Camry has also received new styling as well as added safety and convenience items.
Outside, both models have new front and rear bumper designs, new radiator grille, headlights and energy efficient LED rear combination lights. The Sportivo gains a more aggressively styled front spoiler.
Both models ride on new wheels with updated 16-inch steel wheel caps on the GL and five spoke 17-inch sports alloys for the Sportivo.
In the models with automatic transmission, the introduction of flex lock-up control allows the clutch in the torque converter to maintain a half-engaged position, enhancing fuel efficiency and increasing the lock-up clutch's operating range.
During acceleration, efficiency is improved by controlling the amount of drive power distributed from the lock-up clutch and torque converter. When the driver's foot lifts off the accelerator pedal and the car is decelerating, the point at which fuel will be injected to prevent rough idling or stalling has been reduced to 800rpm (previously 1100rpm).
At the same time, flex lock-up control remains activated to take advantage of the engine's fuel-saving capabilities.
Mapping for the electronic throttle has been revised to take greater advantage of reduced engine friction at lower engine speeds.
Shift points have also been altered to improve fuel efficiency and enhance the overall driving experience.
Inside, Bluetooth hands free phone capability has been added for both models. GL also adds two speakers and an auxiliary input jack. Sportivo tops the range with both auxiliary and USB input jacks. There’s also a full-colour monitor and reversing camera.
Camry Sportivo now gets climate controlled air conditioning added, and new fabric replaces the outgoing upholstery, with a new exterior colour ‘Liquid Metal’ to complete eight exterior colour options.
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