Toyota Camry is one of the best selling Toyota models in US and as such is very crucial to the automaker. The vehicle which has been on the streets since 1982 is suitable as a business car as well as for family use.
Last year alone, the model sold over 428,000 in the U.S. These impressive figures are courtesy of its impressive quality and affordable price. To wade off competition, Toyota is planning a refresh for the 2017 model year since the car was last extensively redesigned in 2011.
2017 Toyota Camry Exterior
The 2017 Toyota Camry features an extensive redesign to its exterior. At the front, the vehicle will feature an enlarged trapezoidal grille flanked by redesigned taillights with LED technology.
The bumper has also been enlarged and integrated with larger air intakes. The enlarged bumpers are also integrated with new LED fog lights which have a vertical shape. Overall, the vehicle will be slightly longer, it will also weigh less than the outgoing model due to the usage of lightweight materials in construction of its structure. The base will also feature heated mirrors.
Higher trim models come with smoked taillights and a sunroof. The base runs on 16-inch alloy wheels while the LE rides on 17-ich wheels while the top trims ride on 18 inch wheels.
2017 Toyota Camry Interior
The interior is handsomely equipped even for the base model. The vehicle’s cabin will be more elegant than that of the outgoing model. The Camry will accommodate five passengers with sufficient head and leg room.
The base comes with keyless entry and ignition, Entune touch-screen interface, 8-way power driver’s seat, a 6-speaker audio system, voice commands, iPod/USB ports, Smartphone integration and Bluetooth connectivity among others. Moving up to the LE trim, you will get a 4.2 inch touch screen, a leather wrapped steering wheel, synthetic leather, cloth upholstery and a sport-themed cabin. The trim comes with an optional Entune Audio Plus package which adds a satellite radio, a 7-inch touch-screen and a sunroof. This package is also offered in the SE trim.
The Special Edition will on the other hand feature a Qi wireless Smartphone charging, seat inserts, contrast stitching and a hands-free trunk opener. The XSE adds a 4-way power passenger seat, leather upholstery, keyless ignition and heated front seats. More options are available on the Convenience Package offered on the SE and XSE trims.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, Toyota offers a choice of three engines. The first engine is a 2.5 L, 4-cylinder engine rated at 178 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. This engine is placed on the LE trim. This engine accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.3 seconds and is estimated to return 25 mpg city, 35 mpg on highway and 28 mpg on combined drives.
The second engine is a 3.5 L, V-6 that comes good with 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. This engine is placed on the XLE and XSE trim levels. The engine makes the 0-60 mph run in 6.2 seconds. It is estimated to return 21 mpg in city, 31 mpg on highway and 25 mpg on combined drives.
There will be also a hybrid drive-train but we don’t have its official specs at the moment. However, according to rumors, it will be an Atkinson cycle Synergy Hybrid engine combined with a 2.5 L,4-cylinder engine. All engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic system that channels power to the front wheels.
Price and release date
No price or release date information has been communicated by the automaker as of this writing. However, rumor has it that the model will be released in the last quarter of 2016. The sedan will have a starting price of around $ 24,000 with higher trim models attracting as much as $ 30,000.
Competition is strong in this segment. The 2017 Toyota Camry will have to contend with the likes of Subaru Legacy, Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Chrysler 200 and Mazda 6.