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.
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.