The 2021 Toyota Camry has gone on sale in Australia. Priced from $30,990 plus on-road costs, the updated Camry range is now almost all-hybrid – just a single Ascent four-cylinder petrol variant exists at the bottom of the range. This means that the formerly available 3.5-litre V6 has also been shelved, and pricing has also increased up to $5,700 in some grades.
According to Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley, the focus on hybrid models for the facelifted Camry reflected “Toyota’s drive to deliver more sustainable vehicles that continued to provide plenty of stylish appeal, high levels of safety, driving enjoyment and Toyota’s renowned quality, reliability and durability.”
“Over the past few years, Toyota has significantly ramped up its hybrid offering with the fuel-efficient petrol electric drivetrain now available in seven model lines – and soon the new Kluger will make it eight,” Mr Hanley said.
“With hybrid now making up more than 25 per cent of all Toyota sales in Australia, its environmental and fuel efficiency advantages are delivering great benefits to customers across a range of sectors.
“The Toyota Camry has long been a family favourite sedan and with its new front end and interior restyle, increased safety technology – including the addition of Toyota Connected Services – and dynamic driving characteristics, it is set to offer even more customer appeal,” he said.
Stylistically, the 2021 Toyota Camry has not changed all that much with just a light exterior freshen up with revised bumpers, lights and wheels. The interior has earned a slightly new design with a new larger 9.0-inch touchscreen from the Ascent Sport upwards, while the available trims have been given a freshen as well.
The biggest change to the 2021 Toyota Camry is with the available lineup – gone is the V6 and gone is the non-hybrid four-cylinder petrol engine option from all models aside from the entry-level Ascent. This means that the Camry’s range has been culled from 10 variants to just five and Toyota has also raised pricing by up to $5,700 in the case of the top-spec SL hybrid.
The hybrid now produces a maximum 160kW of power and its combined fuel consumption is listed between 4.2L/100km in the Ascent to 4.7L/100km in the SX.
But Toyota still offers a non-hybrid engine for those who want it – the 152kW (up 19kW from the old car) 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit is the same engine that’s offered in the RAV4 Edge, and it’s matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Claimed fuel consumption is 6.8L/100km.
Standard kit on the base Ascent ($30,990) includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reversing camera, automatic LED headlights, manual air-con, electric driver’s lumbar adjustment, a six-speaker sound system and a reversing camera. Inbuilt satellite navigation can be added for an extra $1,000.
The Ascent also includes ‘Toyota Connected Services’ emergency SOS calling functionality, seven airbags, auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, auto high beam, road sign assist, emergency steering assist, lane trace assist and intersection assist.
The Ascent hybrid ($33,490) adds dual-zone climate control and keyless entry and start.
The Ascent Sport ($36,290) then adds sportier exterior styling, a lip rear spoiler, a leather steering wheel, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a larger 9.0-inch touchscreen with inbuilt satellite navigation, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and front and rear parking sensors.
The sporty-looking SX ($39,190) adds higher-grade headlights, LED taillights, leather upholstery with sports front seats, paddle shifters, two rear USB charging ports, sports suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The top-spec SL ($46,990) then adds an electrically adjustable steering column, memory functionality for the driver’s seat, automatic wipers, a panoramic roof, heated and cooled front seats, a heads-up display, a 360-degree camera, an auto-dimming rear mirrors, an electric boot and a nine-speaker JBL sound system.
The 2021 Toyota Camry is on sale now. Like other Toyota products, it includes a five-year/unlimited km warranty and five years of capped price servicing – in this case, it costs $220 per once-yearly/every 15,000km service.
2021 Toyota Camry pricing (plus on-road costs):
Ascent 2.5L petrol 8-speed auto: $30,990
Ascent 2.5L hybrid CVT: $33,490
Ascent Sport 2.5L hybrid CVT: $36,290
SX 2.5L hybrid CVT: $39,190
SL hybrid CVT: $46,990
Metallic paint: $575
Satellite navigation (Ascent): $1,000