With all its sporty new features, it’s hard to tell that the new Atara SX is a Camry
After warming up their customers to the idea of a sports car with the Sportivo, Toyota has hit the track running with the launch of the Atara SX, which has more game than every other car from the Camry range.
The Atara SX, with its distinctive sports model might just look like another Sportivo, but what makes it different is its Australian-engineered suspension set-up and an 18-inch wheel and tyre package.
The Atara’s shock absorbers have special internal valvingfor better body control and ride quality. The SX’s sporty finish is highlighted with a sports mesh grille, much like the new Lexus NX300 F-Sport. The rear lip spoiler and leather-accented sports seats finish the sporty feel, while dual exhausts lift engine Dash instrumentation and appearance have been tweaked from the other Camry models, with the smaller leather-wrapped steering wheel accentuating the sporty feel.
Most impressive is the new suspension package fitted to the Atara SX. Along with the changes to the steering and suspension bushes, there is a newfound tautness to the chassis. The Atara is on par with its main competitors in performance and the petrol engine works with the transmission to provide smooth responsive upshifts and downshifts.
The official fuel consumption figure is 7.8L/100km and at the bowser we returned 7.6L/100km on our highway loop and around town 10.8L/100km for an average of 8.6L/100km.
All the models have a five-star ANCAP safety rating. Pricing for the range starts at $26,490 for the base Altise, with the hybrid an extra $4000 for all variants. The Atara S petrol is $29,490 and the SX is $31,990.
In the end, the Atarafrom the Camry stable is not just an endearing but an engaging drive as well.