By Drew Johnson
Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014 @ 11:01 am
 

Toyota has unveiled an updated version of its popular Camry sedan at the New York auto show. The 2015 Camry is nearly a clean-sheet redesign, retaining only the basic chassis and roof panel from last year's model.

The 2015 Camry wears new sheet metal that resembles the company's latest Corolla model. Up front the Camry gets a new front facia with more expressive wraparound headlights. Up-level models get LED low beams, while all Camrys receive LED daytime running lights.

Around back the 2015 Camry has been updated with new taillights that better integrate into the car's body and bumper. The new car is 1.8-inches longer and 0.4-inches wider than the outgoing model.

The interior of the 2015 Camry remains mostly familiar, but does receive updates like a redesigned center console storage tray, "premium" materials and a 4.2-inch gauge-mounted TFT screen on top-end trim levels.

Toyota promises that a stiffer chassis, unique suspension tuning and recalibrated electronic power steering setup will deliver a better driving experience in the 2015 Camry. The Camry's hydraulic braking system has also been given the once-over to provide better stopping power.

Entry-level Camry models will continue to be powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder; a 3.5L V6 will be on the sedan's options list. Both motors will be backed by a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Camry hybrid, which returns with a 2.5L Atkinson Cycle engine and Toyota's hybrid drive, is hooked to a CVT.

The Camry's regular mix of trim levels carryover for 2015, but Toyota is adding a new XSE model. Billed as the "sportiest Camry yet", the XSE uses unique shocks, firmer dampers and springs, and a faster-acting steering rack. The XSE will wear a mesh grille and unique 18-inch wheels to help it stand out from the Camry crowd.

"Customers today love the durability, quality and value that the Camry represents, but they are looking for a little more style, comfort and performance, and this 2015 Camry has all of the above," said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations of Toyota . "This is the new Camry, and it's coming from the new Toyota."

The 2015 Toyota Camry will land in showrooms this fall.

Live images by Mark Elias.