The 2010 Toyota Camry, first shown at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show recently, has quietly received a minor facelift and an engine upgrade.
The 2010 Camry has upgraded to a new 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine equipped with “variable valve timing with intelligence,” also known as VVT-i. It produces 169 hp for basic Camry versions, and the sportier SE gets 179 hp to back up its sports suspension. A 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift are available.
Exterior changes include a new grille and front bumper, an enlarged lower intake, larger headlights and restyled tail lamps. The base Camry gets restyled wheel covers, while the higher grades get 16-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, and the sporty SE gets new 17-inch wheels.
The Camry Hybrid, equipped with a petrol engine backed up by an electric motor, gets a completely unique front grille and bumper design. The outgoing hybrid is under service in Dubai as experimental taxis, and it is possible these cars may become available to the buying public in the near future.
Inside, the Camry is available with an optional audio system equipped with a new USB port for auxiliary music sources, Bluetooth, integrated satellite radio, single-CD, and MP3 and streaming music capability. All Camry models will now be equipped with stability control and traction control, at least in the United States market. Auto up/down power windows with jam protection on all four doors is standard equipment.
The 2010 Camry will go on sale in the UAE and the GCC by the end of 2009, but will not have the upgraded engine.