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New Toyota Camry
Dropped its conservative image
Adding a new hybrid option too!

2007 Toyota Camry - front side view

New 2007 Toyota Camry: far more daring than before.

17th January 2006.

One of the major world première launches at the currently held 2006 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS, 14th to 22nd January) is, of course, the all-new 2007 Toyota Camry.

And, as if the Camry alone was not enough for the competition, the Camry... Hybrid came as well.

Since it was introduced 23 years ago as a 1983 model, Camry gradually became the most American family sedan, settling for no less than the iconic status of the best-selling car in America, four years running and eight of the past nine years.

As a conservative but... "quietly" ambitious car company (expected to overthrow GM at the top world position before the end of this year), Toyota rethought the Camry design more profoundly than before, besides the structural redesign of its chassis, body, interior, accessories and drivetrain. More, in the quest for a world-class sedan, Camry is also available now, for the first time, with Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive.

In the redefinition process, Toyota and its designers focused on trading Camry's conservative image until now, for a more stylish, athletic, modern image. The addition of the hybrid model alone is enough to modernise the image of any sedan. On top of that, being the best-selling car in the biggest car market in the world cannot be that bad after all! Can it?

The thorough redesign did not sacrifice traditional Camry qualities, including roomy interior, comfortable ride, low noise levels, and class-leading value. Special attention was paid to improving driving dynamics, comfort, low noise, performance, refinement, value, style and, last but not least, fuel-economy numbers.

2007 Toyota Camry - side view

Dynamic, but still rather fluid than agressive.

Design - The new design signals the 2007 Camry departure from the upright style of its predecessor. The new shape is athletic and modern, with a long, high-visibility cabin set on a horizontal underbody with strong, rounded planes and elongated structures.

The wheelbase now is longer than before, and track is wider, with the wheels pushed toward the extremes of each of the car's four corners.

Chassis - While also paid attention to generating a sense of excitement in the driving experience without sacrificing ride quality. They increased wheelbase (109.3 in./2776 mm, up from 107.1 in./2720 mm) but maintained the same overall length, with a shortened rear overhang. Despite the lengthened wheelbase, the turning radius has been reduced.

2007 Toyota Camry - back side view

Elegant, not just practical.

To improve grip and driver feel, wheels were upgraded for all four Camry grades. Gone are the 15-inch wheels previously standard on the LE. For 2007, the CE, LE, XLE and Camry Hybrid will ride on 16-inch wheels of either steel or aluminium, while the sporty SE gets unique aluminium 17-inch wheels with six spokes. These are optimized to help ensure brake-heat dissipation.

Brakes - With the enlarged wheels, brake discs also were enlarged for improved feel and stopping power. Up front, ventilated 11.65-inch discs are used, with solid 11.06-inch discs at the rear. A new brake pad is adopted that provides 10 percent higher coefficient of friction for increased stopping power over the previous model. Finally, Toyota's Brake Assist, an electronic function that senses an emergency stop and applies increased braking power once the driver touches the brake pedal, is standard.

2007 Toyota Camry - front view

2007 Toyota Camry - headlight detail view

2007 Toyota Camry - back detail view

More challenging than ever before.

Suspension - Front suspension is via MacPherson struts. At the rear, a dual-link strut system helps provide an optimal balance between smooth ride and secure handling. To help improve the Camry's handling and driver feel, all lower control arms were lengthened, all spring, shock-absorber and antiroll-bar values, and all suspension geometries, were rethought and recalibrated.

The completely revised chassis was lab-tested using specs simulating the road surfaces in every country in which Camry is sold. Then, to add real-world verification to their new design, engineers road-tested the new suspension design for more than 60,000 miles in more than a dozen countries.

Interior - Interior space was maximised – in particular, fore-and-aft space - without significantly enlarging the Camry's exterior, by pushing the cowl, the bottom of the car's windshield, forward for an increased sense of openness and room in the Camry's passenger cabin.

Redesigned front seats also added a feeling of spaciousness. Additionally, seat-slide length was increased to accommodate comfortable driving positions for larger drivers and passengers. Manual seats have a range of 10 inches (25.4 cm), and power seats offer 10.2 inches (25.9 cm) of travel.

An assist plate - a place on which to position one's hand for support while entering and exiting the vehicle- was added to the outboard side of each front power seat-bottom surround panel.

2007 Toyota Camry - SE dashboard

2007 Toyota Camry - XLE dashboard

Camry SE (top) and XLE dash.

Like in the Toyota Prius, Camry's seats use Toyota's Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seat design to help manage whiplash injury.

The 2007 Camry's door trim was redesigned for improved ease of use of the door handles and switches. Designers maximized the size of the space around the door handles for easier access.

Footwell space for the rear seat was enlarged, with additional rear seat legroom. Available rear legroom now measures 38.3 inches (97.28 cm), up from 37.8 inches (96 cm) in the previous generation Camry. To enhance comfort for rear-seat XLE passengers, seatbacks now recline eight degrees from their standard position. Alternately, a 60/40 non-reclining fold-down rear seat is standard on CE and LE grades. Rear-seat passengers also get dedicated personal reading lamps on moonroof-equipped Camrys.

2007 Toyota Camry - SE console

2007 Toyota Camry - XLE console

Camry SE (top) and XLE console.

Used exclusively on the top-of-the-line XLE four-cylinder model, the new standard seat fabric is treated by the Fraichir process: fabric is coated with a naturally occurring component called Sericin, which is extracted from silkworm cocoons and refined. This substance is used because it contains a natural moisturizing component.

With the 60/40 fold down rear seats, the trunk offers 15 cubic feet (424 litres, or 0.424 cubic metre) of luggage space. With the reclining or fixed rear seats, it delivers 14.5 cubic feet (410 litres) of storage space. It is equipped with a grocery hook, a utility box and a luggage net (on XLE) for added convenience.

The dash gets a two-level configuration with the upper level moved toward the front of the vehicle to improve the impression of roominess.

In the instrument panel, instruments are larger than before, with larger lettering and longer needles. The speedometer is marked in five-mph increments, a step that is important to American buyers because speed limits of 55, 65 and 75 mph are very common. Additionally, the odometer and trip meters are illuminated at all times to improve daytime visibility.

The audio/HVAC control panel features switches that are slimmer and neater than previously, with larger lettering, and with surface luminescence for easier use at night.

A standard multi-information display offers outside temperature readings, possible cruising range (possible driving distance with the remaining fuel), average speed, average fuel consumption and trip odometer.

2007 Toyota Camry - SE back seat

2007 Toyota Camry - XLE console

Camry SE (top) and XLE rear seats.

Many storage spaces were built in around the front-passenger area, including console side-pockets. Storage options also include a large front console box equipped with an accessory power socket and an auxiliary audio jack - this box is big enough to store eight CD jewel cases. Other storage areas include an accessory box behind the shift lever containing another accessory power socket, a 354 square inch rear-console box with a card holder and a movable tray, and, adjacent to the shift lever, holders for two large cups.

A new HVAC system, standard on the XLE and Hybrid, incorporates automatic climate-control with separate left and right zones. This new system uses Plasmacluster ionizer technology to help reduce airborne mold spores, microbes, fungi, odors, germs and bacteria inside the passenger cabin. The plasmacluster ionizer does this by artificially creating positive and negative ions that seek out and surround harmful airborne substances.

Audio - The standard audio system in the 2007 Camry incorporates an AM/FM/six-disc in-dash CD changer with six speakers and uses a four-channel digital amplifier that produces 160 watts of output. Additionally, all audio systems are capable for reading CDs with MP3 files.

The premium JBL system, standard in the XLE and Hybrid, offers AM/FM/six-disc in-dash CD changer with eight speakers and an eight-channel, 440-watt digital amplifier for low distortion and faithful reproduction of a wide range of musical types and styles. When a navigation system is added, the premium JBL system integrates that system and comes with a four-disc in-dash CD changer. The JBL audio system includes Bluetooth technology for hands-free telephone compatibility.

Warranty - The 2007 Camry and Camry Hybrid are covered in the USA by Toyota's 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty that applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion perforation with no mileage limitation.

The Camry Hybrid has an eight-year/100,000 mile warranty that covers the hybrid–related components, including the HV battery, battery control module, hybrid control module, and inverter with converter.

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