Toyota unveils latest version of top-selling Camry

Toyota has taken the wraps off its new Camry sedan, the latest iteration of America's best-selling car.

The model, which has been the US best seller for nine years running, has been treated to a modest upgrade, with the Japanese maker sticking close to the formula that has made it a success.

In a multi-location launch August 23, Toyota revealed a set of slightly more powerful gasoline engines for the Camry, along with a hybrid powertrain which it says sets a new standard for mid-sized sedans.

The engine, which uses a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine, can manage 41 mpg (5.7l/100km) combined, a boost of over 30 percent in fuel economy on its gasoline predecessors.

The exterior design has been lowered and widened slightly, with more dynamic headlights and four new colors on offer.

The biggest changes are arguably on the inside, where Toyota has significantly revamped the dash and trim to make the cabin feel more elegant, while added height adjustment and a reshaping of the seatbacks have increased roominess for all passengers.

Toyota's new navigation and entertainment system, Entune, is also featured across all four of the model grades (L, LE, XLE, SE), which start at a lower point, from $22,500 and rise to $27,400 for the Hybrid XLE.

Although the 2012 Camry isn't a shock to the system, it's one of a score of new vehicles Toyota intends to debut over the next 12 months and underlines Toyota's determination not to mess with a formula it sees as very successful - the Camry is already on track to top sales in the US this year.

The brands behind competitors such as the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Malibu will be watching closely to see whether Toyota's choice of evolution over revolution was the right one.

http://www.toyota.com

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