Toyota has launched the all-new Camry Hybrid at an introductory price of Rs 36.95 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The previous-gen Camry Hybrid was priced at Rs 37.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Underpinning the new Camry Hybrid is Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, which, as per the manufacturer, has allowed for a lower centre of gravity and improved vehicle dynamics. Exterior styling is more aggressive and in line with Toyota’s latest design language, with a large air intake up front, sleek LED headlamps, more prominent creases along the sides and a raised boot lip.
Unlike its predecessor, the new Camry comes with only a hybrid powertrain. Under the hood sits a reworked 2.5-litre petrol motor now making 178hp and 221Nm of torque, and it’s paired with a 120hp electric motor. Total system output is 218hp. Power is sent to the wheels via a CVT automatic gearbox. The Camry features the brand’s latest hybrid system with a lighter power control unit and the battery now sits under the rear seat, which Toyota says aids the system’s efficiency. On the official test cycle, the new Camry Hybrid returns 23.27kpl.
Toyota has also generously equipped the Camry with equipment on offer including a three-zone auto climate control, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, power-reclining rear seats, powered sunshades with controls in the rear centre armrest, powered and ventilated front seats with a memory function for the driver’s seat, a 9-speaker JBL audio system, a reverse camera and a head-up display, to name a few. On the safety front, the car comes with nine airbags, ABS and EBD, traction and stability control, and Isofix child seat anchor points.
With the new Camry, Toyota has its sights set on the Honda Accord Hybrid, which is the only other hybrid in the segment, the Volkswagen Passat and the Skoda Superb.
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