The Toyota Camry returns to the UK this summer with prices for the new hybrid-only large saloon starting from £29,995. Sitting above the new British-built Corolla, on-sale ordering opens on 1 April and first deliveries are expected from 1 July.
Two grades are offered, called Design and Excel. Design costs £29,995 and has 17-inch alloys, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, all-round parking sensors plus electric and heated front seats.
Standard safety kit includes an auto-brake system called Pre-Collision Safety (it also detects pedestrians), adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high beam and a sensor that reads and displays road signs.
Want more? Excel, the one pictured here, is £31,295, and adds 18-inch 10-spoke alloys, upgraded dual-beam projector LED headlights, LED fog lights, blind spot monitor and wireless smartphone charging.
Because the Camry comes on a boat from America, Toyota has limited the choice of colours down to just five.
Every new UK-spec Camry is a hybrid, with the ‘self-charging’ 2.5-litre system that produces 215 horsepower, but emits incredibly low levels of CO2 for such a large petrol car: between 98g/km and 101g/km.
Combined fuel economy, on the stricter new WLTP combined cycle, is equally good: 50.5mpg to 53.3mpg.
We first drove the Toyota Camry back in late 2017, during testing for the World Car Awards. It impressed us with its refinement and quality; we described it as “Lexus-like”. Its arrival fills the gap in Toyota’s range previously occupied by the Avensis.
Separately, a Honda executive revealed to Motoring Research last year that it has no plans to follow Toyota’s lead and bring back the U.S.-built Accord to Britain.