The 2012 Toyota Camry is officially here, and it’s in its seventh-generation. The newly designed 2012 Toyota Camry will make its debut in the U.S. by the beginning of October with pricing remains the same or lower for some of the 2012 models.
“Despite all of the enhancements to the all-new Camry, prices for all popular models have been reduced with dramatic repositioning on SE, XLE and Hybrid models, representing the best value in the segment,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Group Vice President and General Manager.
The 2012 Toyota Camry will be offered with the base-model L, LE, XLE and SE trims. In addition, the 2012 Camry Hybrid is only available in LE or XLE trims. Even though the style of the 2012 Toyota Camry remains relatively bland, it is definitely more powerful and fuel efficient than previous year model. It comes with more higher grade materials in the new interior.
The 2012 Toyota Camry will be offered with three engine choices. The base model gets a revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of peak torque. Estimated fuel economy ratings for this engine are at 25 mpg city/35 highway, and 28 mpg combined.
The second choice is a revised 3.5-liter V6 that is rated at 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. It has an estimated fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway.
The third engine choice is the 2012 Camry Hybrid, which is based on the Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain. It has a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson engine and an electric motor to give a combined power output of 200 horsepower. Also, new in the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid is the EV Drive mode, which allows the car to operate in pure electric for up to 1.6 miles at speed of 25 mph. As for estimated fuel economy ratings, it is rated at 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway/41 mpg combined, which is about 30 percent improvement of previous hybrid model.
Both the four- and six-cylinder engines are offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission that features a sequential manual shift mode using the console shifter.
Pricing for the 2012 Camry L starts at $21,995, the LE model at $22,500 ($200 less than the 2011 LE), the Camry SE starts at $23,000 ($965 lower than the 2011 model), the V6 Camry SE starts at about $26,400, and the Camry XLE starts at $24,725 for a four-cylinder engine and $29,845 for a V6 engine.
Lastly is the 2012 Camry Hybrid, with the LE starts at $25,900 and the Camry Hybrid XLE starts at $27,400 (about $800 lower than the 2001 hybrid model).
For a “bread and butter” car, we were hoping that the 2012 Toyota Camry would look take on new design cues from Lexus LF-Gh Concept, instead it looks a bit more like a revised Corolla. For more details of the 2012 Toyota Camry, check out the press release below. And you can also check out its introduction videos below.