The latest iteration of the Toyota Camry has been revealed and made its global debut. The 2021 model gets a few updates to keep it looking fresh and tidy, though it remains mechanically unchanged. In India, we will be looking forward to the Camry Hybrid facelift’s imminent arrival sometime early next year. Of course, Toyota hasn’t mentioned any dates as such for the launch of the Camry. Keeping in mind that this is more of a mild refresh, the differences between the outgoing model and this new one is more cosmetic. Just like the precursor before it, the 2021 Camry continues to ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. Since it was first launched in 1982, Toyota has sold more than 19 million or 1.9 crore units of the Camry.
As for this 2021 avatar, the Japanese auto giant has gone around making some tweaks on the outside. The most noteworthy of these come in the form of a more dynamic and revised front fascia, redesigned 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, and a new Deep Metal Grey color.
Aside from that, the rest of this ‘new’ Camry Hybrid looks pretty much identical to the outgoing car. This means that it is still a rather good-looking sedan, and it retains a tinge of sportiness while maintaining a level of modernity. The interior of the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid scores a redone center console. It now features a brand-new 9-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system and is placed above the central air-conditioning vents.
The new infotainment head unit isn’t just a new design, but it is also larger than before. Furthermore, it now comes pre-loaded with essentials like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2021 Camry can be had with two new leather upholstery, including beige and black perforated designs.
It doesn’t stop just there. To make this cabin seem more modern, it now sports two new trim choices and associated accents. One of these is a ‘Black Engineered Wood’ pattern, while the other is a so-called ‘Titanium Line Pattern.’ The latter uses various geometric and low-contrast patterns & lines to create a 3D-like look and feel. As you can expect, the 2021 Camry’s interior feels very well-built and even boasts great perceived quality.
Just as its predecessor, the 2021 Toyota Camry is a thoroughly comfortable and relaxing car to travel in. Its seats are fairly decent, and on-board practicality continues to be a strong point. In its international avatar, the updated model comes with the Toyota Safety Sense and Pre-Collision System (PCS).
Some of the most notable safety features here include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Trace Assist (LTA), Emergency Steering Assist (ESA), and Road Sign Assist (RSA). Under the hood, the 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor, the same as seen in the outgoing model. It has a combined output of 215hp and spins the front wheels via a CVT gearbox.
If all goes well, Toyota will be bringing the 2021 Camry Hybrid to India early next year. Given that this is a facelifted model, you can expect a slight hike in price when it shows up. For reference, the outgoing Camry Hybrid is priced at Rs 39.02 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).