2021 Toyota Camry facelift reaches Japan

Updated Feb 04, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The changes are subtle, but it does get a lot of tech. 

While initially introduced in Japan in 2017, the eight-generation Toyota Camry XV70’s facelift was first introduced in the United States and in Europe.

Now in 2021, it has finally reached its home country of Japan, which also marked the facelifted Camry’s debut in Asia. With that in mind, it’s only a matter of time for ASEAN countries, including the Philippines, to receive the facelifted Toyota Camry.   

A picture of the 2021 Toyota Camry Sports variant

The refreshed 2021 Toyota Camry Sports variant

As for its changes, one can call it subtle. It comes with tech upgrades, as well as some changes to its exterior features. For starters, the lower portion of the grille gets a more visible center air intake, while the upper grille linking the two headlamps looks different.   

Do note that the facelifted Camry for the Japanese market received two versions. There’s the Sports variant and the Standard variant. The Sports variant, as the name implies, bears edgier visual cues like larger faux vents, a larger splitter, a blacked-out LED taillight housing, more black colored trim pieces, as well as a two-tone blacktop paint scheme. The facelifted Camry also gets a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels, with optional two-tone color.

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A picture of the Standard variant of the facelifted 2021 Toyota Camry

The Standard version of the 2021 Toyota Camry

Apart from the slight changes to the exterior, the Camry facelift also gets the latest version of the Toyota Safety Sense. With this update, the Camry’s autonomous emergency braking system now has a cyclist and cross-junction pedestrian detection for daytime, as well as nighttime pedestrian detection.

The updated driver-assist suite also includes lane centering assist, evasive steering assist, drive start control to stave off the accidental/ unintended use of the gas pedal. The adaptive cruise control can now also decelerate when approaching corners.

A picture of the rear of the facelifted Toyota Camry

The facelifted Camry's rear end

The facelifted Camry in Japan starts at 3,485,000 yen (around Php 1.59 million). Do note that the current Camry in the Philippine market starts at Php 1,871,000. So, with that, we can assume that the facelifted 2021 Camry’s price will range a bit higher than the one we have now. 

As to when it will be launched in the Philipines, a previous report stated that the new Camry will be introduced sometime around the fourth-quarter of 2021. Once it’s released here, you’ll be the first to know with Philkotse.com

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Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is one of the longest-running nameplates in the Japanese carmaker's lineup. It was introduced in 1982 and is currently continues to be a top-seller for the brand. When the model was first introduced, it was designed to compete in compact sedan markets. But in the early 90s, Toyota decided to increase the configuration size, making it a midsize sedan. Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) launched the 8th-gen Camry in the local market in late 2018, arriving with a sleeker and sportier exterior appeal as compared to the outgoing generation. Inside, the 5-seater midsize sedan provides an executive and modern feel thanks to the wood trims, spacious cabin, an ergonomic leather interior, and adjustable seats for both the driver and passengers. In consideration of the size and features, the PH-spec Toyota Camry is offered with a price that plays around the P2-million mark, making it one of the most expensive in Toyota's Philippine lineup. This midsize sedan is marketed for those Filipino car consumers who are in the market for a premium, quality, and upscaled vehicle.

From ₱1,871,000

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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