Toyota Kirloskar will launch the all-new eighth-generation of the Camry tomorrow in the Indian market. It is based on the all-new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that also underpins the luxurious Lexus ES300h. Mechanically, the all-new Camry will carry forward the same engine and other parts.
The all-new Camry made its global debut in 2017. It is 35mm longer, 15mm wider and 35mm lower than the current version of the Camry, giving it a very aggressive and sporty look. Toyota has increased the wheelbase of the all-new sedan by 50mm, which increases the cabin space. The all-new Camry will be the first Toyota-branded vehicle that will be launched on the TNGA platform in India as the Lexus ES300h is already on sale.
The design of the all-new Camry is quite different from the current version. It gets a flowing design and looks much more premium than the current version of the car. It has become much sleeker than before and gets design cues from the Lexus vehicles. It gets all-new LED headlamps that look extremely sharp and get DRLs too. It most eye-catchy part of the all-new Camry’s design is the new grille, which gets a busy design. It also gets newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, the all-new Camry will get a long list of new features. There is a new 10-inch head-up display that displays an array of information straight on the screen. It gets 9-speaker Dolby audio system from JBL. There are also premium features like Qi wireless phone charging system, dual USB charging ports and a capacitive touchscreen-based infotainment system. The 8.0-inch touchscreen system is quite advanced and gets the ‘Human Machine Interface’, a name given to the new interface by Toyota. It also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
The 2.5-litre engine that powers the current version of the Camry will be carried forward in the new version too. But the specifications have been updated. The all-new Camry produces a maximum power of 176 PS of power and 221 Nm of torque. Since it is a hybrid model, it gets an electric motor that generates a maximum of 118 PS. Combining both the electric motor and gasoline engine, the Camry gets a maximum power of 208 PS of maximum power. Since it is a full hybrid vehicle, it returns a phenomenal fuel efficiency of 23.27 km/l.
The current version of the Toyota Camry Hybrid is priced at Rs. 37 lakhs. The all-new version will get an updated price, which is likely to take to close to the price of Honda Accord, which is priced at Rs. 43 lakhs. However, Toyota is expected to undercut the Honda Accord’s price by a couple of lakhs.