Motor Sales U.S.A has announced retail prices for its all-new 2002 Camry sedan
that are up to $US1,800 or 7.5% less than comparable 2001 models.
America’s best-selling passenger car for four years running has been completely
redesigned for 2002 with an aggressive grille, sharp cut headlamps and jewelled
Four cylinder 2002 Camrys have an all-new twin-cam 16-valve 2.4-litre engine
with variable valve timing (VVT-i) which generates 157 horsepower at 5,600 rpm,
an improvement of 21hp over the previous engine, and 162 lbs./ft. of torque
Fuel economy is also improved with preliminary EPA city/highway gas mileage
of 23/32 mpg with the four-speed automatic transmission and 23/33 mpg with the
five-speed manual. In addition to more power, the new engine is EPA-certified
as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).
There is also a four-cam 3.0-litre V6 that produces 192 horsepower at 5,300rpm
and 209 lbs./ft. of torque at 4,400rpm. Preliminary EPA city/highway gas mileage
for the V6 with the four-speed automatic transmission is 20/28 mpg. The V6 is
also EPA-certified ULEV.
A larger wheelbase allows a more spacious cabin in which restyled front seats
offer improved lumbar support and a greater range of seating positions. The
rear features 60/40 fold-down seats and L-shaped headrests that provide better
rear visibility for the driver.
With a higher level of standard equipment than the previous generation, the
base LE grade includes electronic air conditioning with air filtration, power
windows with driver’s auto-down, power automatic door locks, three-in-one
AM/FM/cassette/CD audio with six speakers, cruise control, tilt steering, colour-keyed
outside power mirrors, variable intermittent washer-linked wipers, full-size
spare tyre, daytime running lights, rear window defogger, 60/40 split-folding
rear seat, digital clock, outside temperature display and overhead console with
map lights and sunglasses holder.
The LE starts at $18,970 for the four-cylinder five-speed manual transmission
while $19,800 for the LE four-cylinder automatic is down $615, or 3% on the
2001 model. The base price for the automatic LE V6 is $22,260; $925 or 4% less
than the 2001.
Standard equipment for the XLE adds automatic climate control air conditioning
with rear-seat vents, eight-speaker JBL three-in-one AM/FM/cassette/CD audio,
power driver and passenger seats, multi-function remote keyless entry system,
anti-theft system with engine immobiliser and alarm, multi-information display
with trip computer and steering wheel mounted controls, electrochromic mirror
with compass, chrome side moulding, colour-keyed heated outside mirrors, rear
glass diversity antenna, wood-grain trim, auto up/down driver’s window,
chrome interior door handles, Homelink garage door opener, rear sunshade, cargo
net, illuminated vanity mirrors and seat back pockets.
The base XLE four-cylinder model is $22,295, down $1,800, or 7.5% on the 2001
model. The XLE V6 is $25,405, down $820 or 3.1% than the 2001 model.
A new SE grade is intended to attract younger buyers previously put off by
the Camry’s ‘family car’ image. The SE has a ‘sport’
grille, black headlamp masking, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, black pearl emblems
with chrome logos, chrome exhaust outlet, 215/60R16 performance tyres and unique
wheel covers, sport interior fabric, three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel,
leather shift lever, metallic-style trim, and ‘sport’ gauges.
The SE also has ‘sport-tuned’ suspension and is priced from $20,310
for the four-cylinder five-speed manual to $23,700 for the automatic V6.