The all-new Toyota Camry has officially arrived on Philippine shores. Priced from P1,806,000, the carmaker’s latest midsize sedan is powered by a 2.5-liter Dual VVT-i engine with 181hp and 231Nm on tap.
It may come as a surprise to some that there’s no bigger engine available. In the past, the Camry was offered with a V6 mill befitting its status as an executive sedan. During a recent press conference, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) explained why the bigger powerplant has been nixed: It all boils down to meeting customers’ needs.
“The way we chose the product lineup for the Camry, we made it so that it’s best-suited for our customers,” explained TMP product planner Jovie Roqueza. “Also, for Toyota, the Camry has a big brother in the Lexus lineup, the Lexus ES. And this is the one equipped with a V6, 3.5-liter engine. For customers with a strong preference for performance, we’d like to propose that they consider the Lexus ES as a counterpart to the Camry.”
It makes sense, really. In our traffic-riddled streets, anything above four cylinders is going to cause some budgetary concerns. In fact, even with the previous-gen Camry, Toyota had quietly removed the V6 variant from the model lineup. As for the ES as an alternative to its Toyota counterpart, that’s always an option if you really want a V6—but at P4,308,000, it’s a much pricier one.
But what about a hybrid variant? TMP was pretty hush-hush regarding any future plans, but the company explained it’s indeed exploring the possibility.
What do you guys think? Do you want to see a V6 or hybrid Camry in the Philippines?