Japanese carmaker Toyota is preparing to launch the newest generation of its flagship sedan for India, the Camry. According to Autocar India, the 8th-generation Camry will arrive in India in 2019. The Gen 8 Toyota Camry (XV70) was first introduced to the world at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The new Toyota Camry is perhaps the most aggressive looking car to ever bear the badge unlike its predecessors, which have always looked rather neutral. Its sharp front end houses a slender V-shaped grille underneath which, on the bumper, sits a massive air dam that would seem more at home on a Lexus. The sides of the new Camry feature a sculpted look with the slightly flared wheel arches and characters lines running across the doors, which adds to the aggressive character of the sedan. At the rear, the new Toyota Camry sports a curvy look, which is accentuated by the tail lamps. Another new feature on the Camry’rear end is the raised boot lip spoiler.
The interiors too have had a significant makeover. Gone is the boring button fest that was the old car’s dashboard having been replaced by an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display that sits flush with the centre console. The driver-focused Camry also sports a 7-inch multi-information display between its dials and a large 10-inch heads-up display. The New Camry also gets a host of features including multi-zone climate control, wireless charging pads and reclining rear seats that are also cooled. The Camry will also feature a host of safety features including 10 airbags (up from 9 in the current car on sale in India), multiple assistance systems including radar-guided cruise control among many others.
Underneath the new body sits Toyota’s GA-K platform, which is a derivative of the Toyota New Generation Global Architecture (TNGA). The new Camry is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor. The wheelbase is also longer, which should create even more room at the rear for those who prefer being driven around. While there are three engine options on offer in International markets, the new Camry for India is likely to continue its hybrid journey in India, with the updated hybrid setup of 2.5-litre four-pot petrol and electric motor combining for 205 bhp. Toyota has claimed that the new Camry hybrid is as efficient as a Prius.