Even as Toyota is issuing threats of pulling the Camry Hybrid sedan out of the Indian market due to the high duty imposed on hybrid cars, the company has slipped in an upgraded version. The premium luxury sedan now gets a full makeover on the inside, along with new features. The external styling remains the same and so do the mechanical specifications.
Talking of changes, the upgraded Toyota Camry Hybrid features black and tan dual-tone interiors, which replace the black and beige interior scheme of the older variants.
New faux wood inserts and a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel are two other visible changes in the cabin. The stereo is now a 12 speaker unit from JBL while the infotainment system gets an upgrade. Wireless charging has been added while the other new features include a tyre pressure monitoring system and LED foglamps.
The Camry Hybrid continues to be powered by the 2.5 liter petrol engine that runs on the Atkinson cycle, and an electric motor that is powered by a battery stack. Combined outputs of this hybrid set up are 202 bhp and 213 Nm. Torque is transmitted to the front wheels of the car by means of a CVT automatic gearbox.
The Camry comes with an impressive safety kit which includes 9 airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control, electronic stability program and hill hold assist. In terms of comfort features, the car gets rear AC vents and a reclining rear seat.
The Camry sold in India is priced at Rs. 37.22 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. The high price tag is mainly due to the import duty raise on hybrid cars after GST was introduced last year. Toyota assembles the Camry Hybrid in India through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route.
The car is aimed at people who like to be chauffeured around. Currently, the Camry is mainly bought by those who want an understated car that offers comfort and Japanese levels of reliability and low maintenance costs.