Toyota released a slight update for new Camry which will arrive in March 2009 as the 2010 model. There are both visual and mechanical upgrades but I think they kinda gone backward! When I first saw these pictures I thought it’s a Corolla! Specially the Hybrid variant ( picture above) looks hideous. 2010 Toyota Camry will be available with a 2.5liter in-line 4 cylinder VVT-i engine for standard models which develops 169hp, while the SE which is the sport version and comes with a factory made bodykit, gets 179hp from the same engine. Also there is a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 268 hp for the LE trim.
LE also has an optional top of the line audio system with USB, bluetooth, satellite radio and MP3 capability. Camry is doing well in the market but it needed a update to keep it fresh, however the visual changes do not seem to work.
PRESS RELEASE :
The 2010 Toyota Camry is was displed for the first time at the 2009 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). As the best-selling passenger car in America for seven years running and 11 of the past 12 years, Toyota Camry continues to redefine standards for comfort and performance.
The 2010 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid scheduled to go on sale in March 2009, have an array of enhancements, inside and out, including exterior styling, performance, safety, audio and convenience features.
Toyota Camry also has an upgraded standard powertrain for 2010. A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine equipped with variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) will produce 169 hp for Toyota Camry, LE and XLE grades. For sporty performance, SE grade get additional tuning and gets 179 horsepower, 21 more horsepower than the previous four-cylinder engine. The new engine can be combined with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. A powerful 3.5-liter V6 delivering 268 horsepower is also available.
Exterior changes to the gas model Toyota Camry include a newly designed grille and front bumper, an enlarged lower intake, larger projector headlamps and restyled tail lamps. The Toyota Camry and LE grades feature restyled standard wheel covers. The XLE grade will run on new 16-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, while the SE grade adds new 17-inch sporty alloy wheels.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid exterior enhancements will include a unique hybrid grille, a distinct front bumper, a wider lower intake, restyled fog lights and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid, equipped with Toyota’s industry-leading Hybrid Synergy Drive, certified as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) is just one of a handful of cars that meets this strict standard, producing over 70 percent less smog-forming emissions than the average new car.
Inside, Toyota Camry and LE grades are available with an optional audio system equipped with a new USB port for auxiliary music sources, Bluetooth®, integrated satellite radio, single-CD, and MP3 and streaming music capability. Previously an option, all Toyota Camry gas models will now be equipped with Vehicle Stability Control with traction control. Auto up/down power windows with jam protection on all four doors is standard equipment. Toyota Camry Hybrid adds a newly designed meter cluster and Fraichir, a combination of silk protein and synthetic fiber, cloth seating surfaces that are gentle to the skin.