The Toyota Camry is heading back to the UK after a 14 year absence – replacing the Toyota Avensis in Toyota’s line-up – and it comes with a hybrid powertrain.
Toyota is killing off the Avensis in the UK, and it’s being replaced by a very familiar car – the Toyota Camry.
The Camry disappeared from the UK 14 years ago, but it’s now heading back to the UK to replace the Avensis and, Toyota hopes, inject some verve in to sales and make the segment more profitable for them.
The Camry heading for the UK in 2019 is the latest, eighth generation of the world’s best-selling saloon, complete with its new TNGA Platform and a 2.5 litre hybrid-electric powertrain, increasing Toyota UK’s hybrid offerings to eight different cars.
Effectively the Toyota take on the new Lexus ES, the new Camry will, say Toyota, be tuned for the European market, which we assume will be to make it a bit more dynamic than the Camry which sells in droves around the world.
Toyota has given no specific timescale for the Camry’s arrival in the UK, but we’re expecting it to go on sale in the early part of 2019, and you can probably expect prices to be up a bit on the Avensis.
It’s a pragmatic move by Toyota, with the slow-selling Euro-specific Avensis making way for a global car, in much the same way as Lexus has done by dropping the GS in the UK in favour of the new ES.