2015 Camry Gets New Look; Camry Hybrid Gets SE Trim

Toyota unveiled a redesigned Camry for 2015 at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. This new Camry includes a new sporty trim level, the XSE, as well as the addition of the SE trim availability for the hybrid version.

After selling almost a million of the industry’s benchmark sedan since the current generation launched in 2011, Toyota said it stripped it down to its chassis and rebuilt it from the ground up, raising the bar yet again in the ultra-competitive mid-size sedan segment.

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“Customers today love the durability, quality and value that the Camry represents, but they are looking for a little more style, comfort and performance, and this 2015 Camry has all of the above,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. “This is the new Camry, and it’s coming from the new Toyota.”

Only the roof remains unchanged when compared to the 2014 Camry, said Toyota. The new, upscale interior features premium, soft-touch materials throughout the spacious cabin. Advanced instrumentation with intuitive controls helps keep the driver’s eyes safely on the road ahead.

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Underneath the new exterior, the chassis and body structure are bolstered with additional spot welds, enhancing rigidity for better ride quality, explained Toyota. A retuned suspension takes the Camry’s handling to a whole new level of responsiveness.

Two new grades, the sporty and luxurious XSE and the Hybrid SE, join the LE, SE and the XLE grade, added the company.

The 2015 Camry’s exterior is more expressive and athletic with prominent character lines, inline with what has been seen on the 2014 Corolla.

Toyota said the new car is slightly longer (1.8 inches or 45 mm) and features a widened track (0.4 inches or 10 mm) that communicates a dynamic stance and presence. A pronounced body line starts from the Camry’s muscular front fender and spans across the doors and rear quarter panel, conveying a sense of motion. The completely revised, more aggressive front bumper cover features a wider more prominent trapezoidal grille shape, expressing a lower center of gravity.

The interior of the new Camry has also been redone and Toyota said it is more refined than ever with premium materials, roomier feel and improved amenities. The center stack features a high-tech, upscale look that smoothly integrates with the console. The center console tray has been redesigned to increase capacity while offering a convenient power source in the storage box. The new enclosed bin in front of the shifter now offers 12v, USB and a segment-first, available wireless charging system for select smart phones.

The 2015 Camry’s cockpit offers intuitive top-flight in-car electronics and displays that help reduce driver stress and distraction, per Toyota. The instrument panel features a new 4.2-inch TFT screen nestled between the three-dimensional Optitron gauges on the SE, XLE and XSE models. The screen’s color animation displays a wide range of vehicle functions and coordinates with the multimedia system to display audio, navigation, warnings and communications.

The 2015 Camry will be available in 10 colors, including the new Celestial Silver Metallic and Ruby Flare Pearl, but curiously only nine colors will be offered in Canada.

The new 2015 Camry will arrive in dealerships this fall and both prices and fuel consumption figures will be revealed closer to availability of the new Camry.

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