Toyota tweaks sedans for 2021 after dropping Yaris

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Toyota will use its top-selling midsize sedan to introduce driver-assistance upgrades to its standard Toyota Safety Suite and improve its infotainment offerings.

Called Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, the new suite expands the current suite’s precollision system capabilities by broadening its visual sweep. For example, at intersections, the upgraded system can detect an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian during a left-hand turn and provide a warning and automatic braking under certain conditions. The upgraded precollision system also adds emergency steering assist, helping the driver safely perform emergency maneuvers in their lane to avoid a pedestrian, bicyclist or vehicle ahead of them. An enhancement of the dynamic radar cruise control system assists a driver in safely overtaking slower vehicles in their lane.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ is expected to migrate from the Camry to the rest of Toyota’s lineup in coming model years as the product cadence allows.

Inside, the Camry will get a new infotainment touch screen, either 7 inches or 9 inches, depending on the trim level. Toyota also dropped the base L trim from the Camry’s lineup, making the LE the new base model for 2021. The front fascia of the Camry LE and XLE trims have been restyled to differentiate them from other models.

Through the first six months of the year, Camry sales are off 29 percent to 125,899.

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Saurabh Shukla

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