Here it is, the most important car Toyota has ever made, the 2012 Camry. And we have the pictures, details and pricing right here.
And I know what you’re thinking, it looks like a Corolla! But no, the new Camry is supposed to be sportier and more fun than the old, rather dull, one it replaces. So it gets new sharp edges, aggressive headlights and front grille, and a set of sporty taillights.
The all-new Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid will offer six different model grades to choose from. Camry will be available in the entry-level L, value-driven LE, premium XLE and sporty SE grades. The XLE and SE are available with four-cylinder or V6 engines. The Camry Hybrid is offered in LE and XLE grades. SE is the sportiest of the lot featuring items like three-part lower grille section housing fog lamps, along with black sport trim headlamp bezel, trunk spoiler and lowered suspension.
The large interior also features a whole new design and a new new instrument panel. The main highlight of it is of course the Entune multimedia system which apart from conventional connectivity benefits, also offers suppot for mobile apps and advanced conversational voice recognition system.
Toyota wants the new Camry to be best they’ve ever made, so they spent a lot of time fine tuning its ride and handling. The car comes with revised front suspension and totally new rear suspension. The whole chassis is more rigid, and it uses thicker anti roll bars. It also gets Toyota’s latest electric power steering (EPS) control system, 16-inch wheels (SE 17-inch and 18-inch for the V6 versions) and fatter tires, as well as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, all to make sure it handles well without compromise on safety and comfort.
The Toyota Camry again offers three powertrain choices, all of which have been enhanced for 2012 to provide better fuel economy and more responsive performance. All Camry models with the revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine now offer 178 horsepower, an increase of nine hp, and 170 lb.-ft. of peak torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy figures are 25 mpg city/35 highway, and the 28 mpg combined is two more than the previous generation Camry.
The 2.5-liter engine employs Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), which controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts for optimal performance and efficiency at all engine speeds. The Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) helps optimize torque over a broad engine speed range.
There is also a new hybrid version based on the LE model with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine coupled to a small high-torque electric motor for a combined output of 200 hp. It also features aerodynamic tweaks as well as low resistant tires, and does an EPA-estimated 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway/41 mpg combined.
The car has a 7.6-second zero-to-60 acceleration time and an an EV Drive mode that allows the driver to operate the car on the electric motor alone for up to 1.6 miles at lower speeds (below approximately 25 mph). The EV indicator illuminates when the vehicle is being propelled solely by the electric motor.
In terms of safety, all 2012 Camry models are equipped with 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. The front-passenger’s knee airbag and rear-seat side airbags are new to Toyota Camry. Another available safety system, Safety Connect, can access a call center with a live operator who can dispatch police and emergency vehicles. The system combines automatic collision notification and a stolen vehicle locator feature, which can track the location of the stolen vehicle via GPS and help guide police to recover it.
You can also order a new Blind Spot Monitor system for added safety.
|2012 Camry Pricing Chart|
|Grade||Engine / Transmission||MY 2012
|2012||2514||L||2.5L L4 (2AR) / 6AT||$21,955||$710||3.3%||$21,245|
|2012||2532||LE||2.5L L4 (2AR) / 6AT||$22,500||(-$200)||-0.9%||$22,700|
|2012||2546||SE||2.5L L4 (2AR) / 6AT||$23,000||(-$965)||-4.0%||$23,965|
|2012||2540||XLE||2.5L L4 (2AR) / 6AT||$24,725||(-$2,000)||-7.5%||$26,725|
|2012||2550||SE||3.5L V6 (2GR) / 6AT||$26,640||$0||0.0%||$26,640|
|2012||2554||XLE||3.5L V6 (2GR) / 6AT||$29,845||$0||0.0%||$29,845|
|2012||2559||HYBRID LE||2.5L L4 (2AR) HV / ECVT||$25,900||(-$1,150)||-4.3%||$27,050|
|2012||2560||HYBRID XLE||2.5L L4 (2AR) HV / ECVT||$27,400||(-$800)||-2.8%||$28,200|