Toyota Unveils Mystery Vehicle: Is This the 2025 Camry?

Matt Brand
October 20, 2023
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Toyota has shared a preview of an unidentified vehicle, prompting speculation it could be the upcoming 2025 Toyota Camry. The vehicle's silhouette hints at a sedan shape, aligning with rumors of the Camry's imminent release.

This Camry version, if it is indeed that, represents the first major update in nearly seven years, even as global sedan sales diminish. Notably, this isn't a brand-new design but a notable modification of the current model, featuring significant bodywork enhancements on slightly tweaked foundations.

The official global reveal is anticipated later this year, possibly at the upcoming Los Angeles motor show. Subsequent to this global debut, the model is projected to be available in Australian showrooms next year.

The hybrid version of the Camry, which constitutes 90% of its Australian sales, paused orders recently due to extended wait times. There's no clarity if orders will resume upon this model's launch. Moreover, there's growing chatter that the new Camry might transition to an all-hybrid lineup, forsaking conventional gasoline engines altogether.

The sneak peek hints at "hammerhead" design features reminiscent of the latest Prius model, showcasing distinct C-shaped daytime-running lights. A noticeable change is the Toyota emblem's relocation to above the grille. Additionally, the teaser showcases potential elements of a sporty front splitter, a feature common in high-performance vehicles.

This has led to conjecture that this could hint at a powerful TRD or Gazoo Racing iteration of the Camry, possibly equipped with a 2.4-litre turbocharged hybrid engine. For context, in the Toyota Crown sedan, this powertrain generates 254kW. If true, this would make it the most potent Camry variant ever, surpassing the 241kW V6 TRD Aurion model from 2008.

While a sporty Camry TRD exists in the U.S., its updates are largely cosmetic or related to suspension and exhaust, backed by a 224kW 3.5-litre gasoline V6. This engine might not feature in the speculated model.

The standard hybrid might continue with the tried-and-true 2.5-litre non-turbo setup, mirroring the current 160kW output. Interior upgrades, including advanced digital instrument and infotainment displays, are also likely.

Dimensions of the new potential Camry remain uncertain, but its unveiling is slated for later this year. Following overseas launches, Australia will receive its shipments. Notably, this model won't be available in Japan.
Matt Brand
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