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After teasing us with close-up photos of its headlight and taillight, Toyota has finally revealed the all-new Camry.

"The all-new 2012 Camry blends an evolution of the car's values--such as comfort, efficiency, reliability and safety--with a more appealing design and engaging driving experience," said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of Toyota USA's Toyota division. "Competition in the midsize sedan segment is the strongest it's ever been, and the all-new Camry is designed to maintain its long-standing leadership while also broadening its appeal."

The all-new Camry employs an elegantly simple but modern form, emphasizing a wider, lower stance than the previous models, thanks to the crisp, precise character lines. A more strongly curved door cross-section and more defined rocker panel molding also give the Camry a more expressive appearance. As for the headlights and taillights, the former exhibits a more dynamic shape with its pronounced curvature merging into the bumper while the latter wraps tightly into the body sides as the top sections extend into the boot lid.

Though the Camry retains nearly the same external dimensions as the previous model, the all-new Camry offers a more inviting and spacious interior. A new dashboard design, modified seat locations, redesigned seats and "lean" door, pillar and headliner trim enhances not only the actual interior space but also the perceived spaciousness. Repositioning the driver's seat and the standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel also aid outward visibility and the driver's positioning. The accelerator pedal and front seats were also moved forward, and together with the reshaped front seatbacks, help increase rear knee room by 1.8 inches. The redesigned center console and front edge of the rear-seat cushion also increase rear middle seat legroom by two inches.

On the safety front, the all-new Camry boasts of 10 standard airbags: dual-stage advanced SRS front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver's and front passenger's knee airbag. It also gets Toyota's Star Safety System as standard, which includes vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. It also features the Smart Stop Technology brake-override system and the newly available Blind Spot Monitor which uses sub-millimeter wave radar to detect vehicles in the driver's blind spots.

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The all-new Camry offers three powertrain choices, at least in the Unites States, all of which have been enhanced to provide for better fuel economy and more responsive performance.

The 2.5-liter, inline-four engine now produces 178hp and 230Nm of torque while running nearly 12 kilometers on a single liter of fuel. As for the 3.5-liter V6 engine, it delivers 268hp and 336Nm of torque while Toyota claims its estimated mileage of 8.928km/L for city driving and 12.754/km/L for the highway make it the best for any current V6 midsize sedan. Lastly, there's the Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain for the Camry Hybrid, which uses a new 2.5-liter, inline-four engine that, combined with the high-torque electric motor, produces 200hp and is 30 percent more economical than the previous generation model.

According to Raymond Rodriguez, Toyota Philippines' first vice president for marketing, the all-new Camry is expected to reach our shores sometime next year.

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