18 years! That’s how long the Toyota Camry has been on sale in the Indian market. Over the course of time, it has undergone four-generation upgrades, with the last one being introduced only in the early days of last year. As is a norm with Toyotas, the heavy updates have not only made the Camry longer and wider over time but also pricier. Therefore, the executive sedan now sits amongst other entry-level sedans from luxury carmakers.
But the Camry has its own set of advantages over the aforementioned rivals. First, and the most important, is the hybrid technology. Unlike the previous-gen Camry, this one comes mated to the hybrid technology as a standard fit. While it mostly works in tandem with the petrol engine, the Camry can also run as a pure EV in certain conditions. More on that in our full review.
The second advantage Camry poses to its rivals is its incredible back seat experience. Not only space here is in abundance, but also the seats are the best you can get in a car over this side of a crore. Below is more about the Camry, and why it makes sense over its rivals.
To start off, the Toyota Camry is much larger than its rivals. The sheer girth, the huge spindle-like grille on the front bumper and the wrap-around taillamps just add to the overall character. Going by the numbers, the Camry Hybrid is 4,850mm in length, 1,825mm in width, and 1,480mm in height. It trumps every other car in its class with a wheelbase of 2,775mm. Moreover, it has a kerb weight of 1,635kg, ground clearance of 160mm, fuel tank capacity of 65-litres and a boot space capacity of 524-litres.
Under the hood, the Camry – as previously discussed – now comes with the hybrid technology as a standard fit. This technology, then, is mated to a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol mill, which produces 158bhp and 213Nm of torque. The electric motor, on the other hand, has an output of 118bhp and 202Nm. Collectively, the car has a power output of 215bhp. It works in tandem with a 6-speed CVT gearbox.
Normally, a saloon with size and engine as big as the Camry would not be expected to be known for its fuel efficiency. Thanks to the Hybrid technology – yet again – the Camry has an excellent fuel efficiency figure of 19.16km/l.
The Toyota Camry deserves full marks for its well-appointed cabin. The quality of materials is top-notch, and miles ahead of what the competition offers at the same price point. The only grouse, though, is that the touchscreen does not feature connectivity features including both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. So, should you choose to get behind the wheel, the option to navigate through Google Maps on the screen would not be feasible. Thankfully, though, the issue should be best dealt with, by the chauffeur.
Other than that, it does get some pretty nice equipment such as full LED headlamps, DRLs, LED fog lamps, LED taillamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels on the outside. On the inside, the touchscreen comes paired to a 9-speaker JBL audio system, and other features like Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. Then there’s electric steering adjust, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, push-button start, cruise control, leather seats, ventilated front seats, three-zone climate control, and the option to recline the back seat.
The Camry, as of early-2020, comes in seven shades, namely, Attitude Black, Burning Black, Graphite Metallic, Phantom Brown, Platinum White Pearl, Red Mica, and Silver Metallic.
All the details regarding the Toyota Camry, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Toyota Camry is available in a single variant, witha single petrol-hybrid combination. It is priced at Rs. 37.88 lakh for the Hybrid variant (ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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