Electrified saloon will fill void left by departing Avensis in early 2019
James Attwood, digital editor
2 October 2018

Toyota has shown the Camry at the Paris motor show ahead of its reintroduction to the UK in 2019 after a 14-year absence.

The Camry fills the void left by the Avensis and presents a new rival to the Ford Mondeo. The car has remained on sale in other markets and ranks as the world’s best-selling saloon. It will come exclusively with a hybrid powertrain that uses a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and electric motor, providing 215bhp and 163lb ft of torque. Toyota claims that 0-62mph passes in 8.3sec and the Camry will reach 112mph.

This system, already offered in the hybrid version of the RAV4, will be self-charging, meaning no pure-electric running will be possible. It makes the Camry a rival to the likes of the Mondeo Hybrid and Volkswagen Passat GTE, with claimed fuel economy of 67.3mpg and emissions of 98g/km. 

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The latest Camry, on sale globally since 2017, is underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which is also used by the Prius, C-HR and Auris, as well as the RAV4. Toyota said the Camry would be tuned for Europe, suggesting cars sold here will offer sharper handling. Toyota claims that the new Camry is 30% stiffer than the outgoing model.

At 4885mm long, 1845mm wide and 1445mm tall, it's around the same length as a BMW 5 Series, albeit slightly narrower and lower. At 524 litres, the Camry's boot is marginally smaller than that of the 5 Series.

On the inside, an 8.0in infotainment screen comes as standard, as does a 10,0in head-up display and 7.0in display in the instrument cluster. Beige or black leather interiors are the only options, and a power reclining function will be an option.

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Toyota will announce UK specifications in the run-up to the car’s market launch, expected to be in early 2019. Due to its larger size, it’s likely that the Camry will cost more than the departing Avensis. A starting price of around £30,000 is expected.

The brand is gradually pulling the British-built Avensis from UK sale due to sluggish demand. UK Avensis sales fell to just 3473 units last year, 1660 fewer than in 2016. However, the larger and more premium Camry is predicted to be more popular with fleet buyers, suggesting it could dwarf those numbers.

The Camry was offered in the UK from 1983 until 2004, when it was removed due to falling sales. However, the model has remained a strong seller in other countries including the US. It has sold in more than 700,000 units globally.

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21 June 2018

It seems odd that 2 cars as different as the Avensis and Lexus GS are about to be replaced by effectively the same car. I suspect Toyota buyers are getting the better deal here.

21 June 2018
artill wrote:

It seems odd that 2 cars as different as the Avensis and Lexus GS are about to be replaced by effectively the same car. I suspect Toyota buyers are getting the better deal here.

 

If you think a VW passat  is the same car and a better deal than the Audi A4.. then yes.. otherwis//  no clue at all

21 June 2018
mpls wrote:

artill wrote:

It seems odd that 2 cars as different as the Avensis and Lexus GS are about to be replaced by effectively the same car. I suspect Toyota buyers are getting the better deal here.

 

If you think a VW passat  is the same car and a better deal than the Audi A4.. then yes.. otherwis//  no clue at all

 

Sorry but your reply to Artill’s comment really is clueless. They made a good point - you have got your wires crossed.

FMS

6 October 2018
artill wrote:

It seems odd that 2 cars as different as the Avensis and Lexus GS are about to be replaced by effectively the same car. I suspect Toyota buyers are getting the better deal here.

 

Nope. The GS has a direct replacement in the forthcoming ES.

21 June 2018

I presume it's an 2.5 NA engine in which case the extra expense of the electrics will be offset by not having a Turbo.

Love to do side-by-side test against a 1.0 Turbo Mondeo

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

11 August 2018
xxxx wrote:

I presume it's an 2.5 NA engine in which case the extra expense of the electrics will be offset by not having a Turbo.

Love to do side-by-side test against a 1.0 Turbo Mondeo

 

"will be"...? Set out your case, offer the evidence and back up your hastily scribbled words, or just another empty post, from a sofa surfer devoid of anything useful to say.

 

Again present your evidence that the Camry and this Mondeo are in many ways, natural rivals, other than size. Differing number of cylinders, vastly different power to weight ratios, different types of engines...oh yes I see your point...they are twins, seperated at birth...TWIT

FMS

6 October 2018
xxxx wrote:

I presume it's an 2.5 NA engine in which case the extra expense of the electrics will be offset by not having a Turbo.

Love to do side-by-side test against a 1.0 Turbo Mondeo

 

What a moron...get someone with reading skills to tell you about the 2nd para of this article...where it explains what the engine is...no need to make a fool of yourself...yet again. What comparison re expense is there between those two things?. Sigh...

 

Love to do side-by-side test between you and a hungry polar bear...short but very sweet. TwIT

21 June 2018

 Sorry Toyota but it looks like an E Class Merc, a compliment?, depends how well built, appointed inside and ultimately does Toyota want it seen as a premium Car...?

Peter Cavellini.

21 June 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Sorry Toyota but it looks like an E Class Merc, a compliment?, depends how well built, appointed inside and ultimately does Toyota want it seen as a premium Car...?

 

I was looking at the US car market back in 2000s. 

Mercedes should thank toyota for not bringing over the USA camry  of 2006-2011, because Merc clearly copied the rear of the camry in its C class of 2007-2014..

The sloping rear end of the saloon/Sedam in the USA were commented on by publications there, that the design trends were vert similiar,

As a side note  the C class 2014-present  has a peugeot look about it... and as I have commented on before.. Mercs don't do great rear ends.. but the front end is striking and definitely a Merc,

 

21 June 2018

As much as I love big saloons I don't really see the point, nobody bought the old Camry and nobody is buying the Avensis :(

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