Toyota Motor Philippines has launched the all-new Camry and it's already available at the Japanese carmaker's dealership nearest you.
The Philippine-market Camry bears the same look as the Ukraine-market model we published in August 2011 and even uses the same two powerplants: a 3.5-liter V6 with an output of 273hp and 346Nm, and a 2.5-liter in-line-four that produces 176hp and 231Nm. Delivering power to the front wheels is a six-speed sequential automatic transmission that "lets ample power pass more efficiently to the wheels while...(letting) the driver enjoy manual transmission-like aggressiveness for a sportier drive."
The design of the all-new Camry's exterior brings the car back to its conservative roots, particularly with its rectangular headlights, chromed grille and foglight surround, and understated bumper. Step around to the back and you'll see that its design is just as safe with a pair of conventional-looking two-piece taillights that are joined at the center of the boot lid by a wide chrome strip.
In keeping with the Camry's status in the Philippines as an executive car, its rear seats have a power recline function with the controls hidden in the foldable center armrest. It also has power retractable shades for the rear windshield while a manually operated one is built-in in the rear doors.
Up front, the driver has an automatic tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with woodgrain-like material on its upper half. With it, the driver has full control of the vehicle's functions as it incorporates the audio, air-conditioning and multi-information display buttons. As usual, leather and wood-like trim are still widely used on the car's doors, dashboard and center console.
The Camry's three-zone air-conditioning system also incorporates Toyota's new Nano-E technology. According to Toyota, it is "an air-cleaning system that fills the cabin with refreshing air characterized by an ultimately balanced ratio of positive and negative ions," which purifies the air inside the car by preventing the absorption of mold, fungus, and dust.
As the top-seller in the midsize sedan segment, Toyota Philippines is confident that it can still retain its lead against the competition.
"We see the all-new Camry as selling around 80 to 100 units on average," said Raymond Rodriguez, Toyota Motor Philippines' first vice president for marketing.
Asked which of the three variants would account for the most number of sales, Rodriguez shared that, from TMP's experience, it's the top-of-the line model that sells first, followed by the mid-range offering and then the entry-level variant.
The all-new Camry is available in three trims: the 3.5-liter Q variant at P2.082 million; the 2.5-liter V model at P1.681 million; and the 2.5-liter G at P1.451 million.
Check out the new Camry's photo gallery below.