2021 Toyota Camry: Expectations and what we know so far

Updated Jan 11, 2021 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

It looks like we’ll have to wait for the facelifted Camry.

2021 Toyota Camry: What we know so far 

Several years ago, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) launched the 8th-generation Camry, which still slots in as the brand's midsize sedan offering. It is now 2021, and many carmakers are working on updating their models. So, is Toyota going to introduce a refreshed Camry? 

2021 Camry Overview | Toyota USA

Well, to answer that, the facelifted Camry for the model 2021 is already out and about in Europe. Furthermore, many car journos have pointed out that it's really similar to the PH-spec version that we have right now. So yes, there might just be a chance that we’ll be getting a new Camry sometime this year.

A picture of the Euro-spec 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The facelifted Euro-spec 2021 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Do note though that it is more likely that the current model will be carried over for 2021, at least here in the Philippines. Even Thailand, which usually gets newer Toyota versions first, is yet to receive this new facelifted Camry.  

So, what can we expect from a 2021 Toyota Camry?

2021 Toyota Camry: Exterior 

When the Camry was updated in 2018, many appreciated its sharp new looks. It no longer bears the simple and rather standard-looking silhouette of the old version. Instead, it now has a good dose of sharp lines towards the sides, as well as the gaping, multi-slatted front grille that has become the norm on Toyota’s global sedan models. Overall, it is classy, but it has this edginess to it that will turn heads.  

A picture of the Toyota Camry's front

The current PH-spec Camry

Suffice to say, the looks of the Toyota Camry will remain to be competitive for years to come. Plus, its automatic LED headlamps and daytime running lamps, rain-sensing wipers, and LED front fog lamps, and LED taillights are already some of the prettiest and brightest that Toyota has to offer.

As for the facelifted Camry from Europe, we can expect the same level of illumination. Otherwise, it looks a bit different thanks to its chrome trim pieces and its slimmer-looking grille. Other than that, though, not much else has changed. 

A picture of the side of the PH-spec Camry

The PH-spec Camry from the side

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2021 Toyota Camry: Interior 

Inside, the current PH-spec Camry is already a very cushy sedan. The top-spec variant comes with a pair of eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a three-zone automatic air-conditioning system, a power trunk, ambient lighting, a 7-inch touchscreen display audio system with six speakers, offline navigation, cruise control, among others.  

A picture of the Toyota Camry's interior

The top-of-the-line PH-spec Toyota Camry's interior

One thing that we would want on the 2021 Camry however, is the presence of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The existing T-Link smart-phone linking software, however, can do the job sufficiently. Also, Toyota would do well to update the interface of the touchscreen so it matches the elegant style of the Camry’s interior.

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2021 Toyota Camry: Engine and performance 

While many Camry-heads were disappointed with the disappearance of the V6, the inline-4 that the current Camry uses has proven to be more than enough for daily driving. It makes 181 horsepower and 231 Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with power sent to the front.  

A picture of the interior of the Toyota Camry

The current Camry doesn't have paddle shifters but the tranny can be manually shifted using the gear lever

In other parts of the world, however, the Camry can already come with a hybrid powerplant. After all, Toyota has been working on electrifying its local lineup in recent years. TMP even introduced the Corolla Altis Hybrid locally, so why not the Camry Hybrid? 

2021 Toyota Camry: Safety 

For safety, the current PH-spec Camry comes standard with a very comprehensive kit. Both of its variants are equipped with seven airbags, hill-start assist, stability control, anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, and many others.  

The facelifted Euro-spec Camry however, takes it up a notch with the addition of a pre-collision system, emergency steering assist, daytime oncoming vehicle detection, etc.

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2021 Toyota Camry: Final Thoughts 

For TMP to introduce the facelifted Camry locally, then the Thai market would need to get it first. This is because most of the Toyota models sold here are assembled in Thailand and are sold in Thailand.

That said, it would take a while for the said plants to retool and accommodate the changes found on the facelifted Camry. As for a hybrid version, well, it's already available in Thailand – make of that what you will. 

A picture of the Toyota Camry Hybrid from Europe

The facelifted Euro-spec Camry looks really close to the current PH-spec version

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2021 Toyota Camry: Expected price 

Currently, the Camry’s price here in the Philippines ranges from Php 1,856,000 to Php 2,042,000 for its two variants. Regardless of a new facelift or not, Toyota will eventually increase the said price tag due to many reasons like inflation, taxes, etc. 

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Know more about Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry

The current generation of the Toyota Camry received a sportier and more premium look. It’s a spacious midsize sedan equipped with the latest in the creature of technology and comfort. The Toyota Camry has the right amount of class while maintaining the sedan’s business look. The slight curves around the body and thin chrome accents in the rear and front part of the vehicle significantly contribute to its overall look. Leather dominates most of the interior of the top-tier variants. The wooden veneer panels give the cabin a more refreshed look from the typical texture and color of the door trims and dashboard. The Camry is a five-seater midsize sedan with a six-speaker entertainment system. The comfortable cabin comes with two or three-zone automatic climate control. Standard features include rear parking sensors, ABS with electronic brake assist, six airbags, and push start. Toyota Motor Philippine offers the Camry with a single engine option, a 2.5L gasoline power unit. This power unit can deliver an output of 181 hp and 231 Nm of torque. It’s also paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission powering the front wheels. The all-new Toyota Camry’s engine is an improved version compared to the unit of the outgoing model that only produces 178 hp.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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