February 3, 2016: World’s largest automaker, Toyota has showcased its hybrid variant Camry at the 2016 Auto Expo. Falling under the hybrid vehicle category, this sedan is not only exempted from the Odd-Even rule in Delhi but also gets benefit from government’s FAME scheme. The Camry sedan incorporates an eco-friendly hybrid engine that delivers 205PS of maximum power. It is more powerful than other competitors like BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The luxury car is capable of delivering the mileage of 19.1 kmpl and carries the price tag of Rs 32.2 Lacs (Ex-Showroom, New Delhi). In terms of aesthetic updates, the all-new hybrid vehicle gets a huge airdam at the front with the fog lamps that are surrounded with fine chrome accents. The front fascia also flaunts projector headlamps, while at the rear, the redesigned taillamps continue to incorporate LEDs.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Mileage||Transmission||Engine Description||Power|
|2.5 G||Petrol||10.2 kmpl||12.98 kmpl||Automatic||2494cc
||178.4bhp @ 6000rpm|
|Hybrid||Electric(Battery)||16.03 km/hr||19.16 km/hr||Automatic||2494cc
||157.7bhp @ 5700rpm|
This company is one of the famous automobile manufacturers, which has a lot of impeccable vehicle models across several car markets globally. One of their lavish sedan series is the aristocratic looking Toyota Camry sedan. It was first launched in the Indian car market way back in year, 2002 and since then has been doing splendid business. The company has now launched its 2015 version in the Indian car market with a lot of exterior and interior updates, which makes it more attractive. The company has made major changes to its external appearance and given a lot of chrome touch. The list includes a big muscular bumper with a lot of chrome inserts, a large chrome outlined air dam, a new set of fog lamps and new tail light cluster with energy efficient LED design. It headlight cluster also get chiseled and incorporated with LED lighting. At the same time, the brand new set of alloy wheels changes the look of its side profile. Not only this, the company has made a lot of significant changes to its internal cabin as well, which gives it a modish appearance. The list includes a new instrument cluster, blue mood lighting, subtle revision to the dashboard, a hi-resolution screen for the touchscreen infotainment system and it also gets a digital display between the meters. The company has also given the cabin new upholstery, which is in a swish beige color scheme. All these features adds together, makes it one of the modern looking sedan in its segment. The company is selling in two variant as earlier, which are 2.5 G and Hybrid. The manufacturer has not made any technical changes to this facelifted version. It is available with the same powerful 2.5-litre petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2494cc. It has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 178.5bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 233Nm. This engine is mated with a six speed automatic transmission gear box with sequential shift. While its Hybrid variant is a fusion of two kinds of power sources that are the same 2.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. It can generate a peak power and torque outputs of 202.1bhp and 270Nm respectively. At the same time, this hybrid motor is coupled with an E-CVT (electronically controlled continuously variable transmission), which offers a power packed performance on Indian roads. The braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient and it helps in keeping the vehicle well balanced at all times. The braking mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist. It is also equipped with vehicle stability along with traction control and hill start assist function. The internal section of this premium sedan series is bestowed with some best in class comfort features, which takes utmost care of the passengers while traveling. It has a smart entry system with a push button start/stop function, an interior illumination package with a fade out room lamp, inside door handles and foot well lamps. Its multifunctional steering wheel is mounted with audio and call control buttons. There is an ECO meter with an indicator, rain sensing wipers, front and rear courtesy lamps, remote boot release and a luggage compartment lamp, rear windscreen defogger with timer, shift position indicator and many other such aspects. It also has an optitron combimeter with several functions and an advanced 2-DIN MID (multi information display) touchscreen display. It supports USB interface, Aux-in port and Bluetooth connectivity to pair your phone. The powerful and efficient air conditioner unit comes with a dual zone automatic climate control and rear AC vents, which add to the comfort of the rear seat passengers as well. Apart from these, the company has given a lot of protective aspects, which gives the passengers a stress free driving experience. The list includes six airbags, back monitor and corner sensors with illustration display, impact sensing fuel cut-off and smart key remind warning. It also has an advanced immobilizer with alarm for preventing it from unauthorized entry. On the other hand, its sleek and lustrous body line is capable for attracting the buyers. It has a bold radiator grille with a lot of chrome treatment, neatly crafted headlight cluster, body colored bumper, a modish set of alloy wheels and so on. The company is selling this model series with a standard warranty of three years or 100000 Kilometers, whichever is earlier. At the same time, the buyers can extend this period by one or two years at an additional cost paid to authorized dealer.
The company has done up the exteriors of this glorious luxury sedan with flamboyance and fitted it with a lot of styling aspects. After updating the exteriors it looks more attractive with a lot of chrome accentuation. It gets aerodynamic structure with sleek and lustrous bodyline. Starting with the front fascia, it has a redesigned radiator grille, which comes with a lot of chrome treatment on it. This grille is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center, which gives the frontage a distinct look. It is surrounded by a revamped headlight cluster, which is powered by high intensity LED lamps and it also has a washer along with automatic leveling system. The dynamic LED day time running lights give the frontage a dynamic look. Just below this, it has a large and muscular bumper, which is a big change to its frontage. It houses a large air dam for better air intake and it comes with a lot of chrome inserts. It is flanked by a pair of new fog lamps that adds to the visibility of driver and placed in chrome housings. It has a large windscreen that is made of green tinted glass and fitted with a set of intermittent wipers. The hybrid version comes with a few additional features like exclusive chrome radiator grille along with emblems, bumpers and so on. The slanting forward bonnet has flowing lines from the windscreen and also has a chrome based radiator grille that makes the frontage very alluring. Coming to its side profile, it is very nicely designed with body colored side moldings and chrome finished window sill. It is equipped with body colored door handles and external wing mirrors, which are electrically adjustable. These mirrors also come with reverse link, memory, auto retractable, hydro-colloid and LED side turn indicator. The company has given it flared up wheel arches, which are fitted with a brand new set of alloy wheels that gives the side profile an elegant look. These rims are further fitted with high performance tubeless radial tyres that provide a superior grip on any road conditions. The rear end has a curvy boot lid, which is embedded with variant badging and a thick chrome strip. The body colored bumper is accompanied by an exhaust pipe and cladding for preventing it from minor damages. It also has a LED high mounted stop lamp and a bright tail light cluster, which is equipped with LED based reversing lamps, a pair fog lights and turn indicator as well. The large windscreen has a defogger along with a wash and wipe function.
The exterior measurement of this elegant sedan remains the same. It is very large and has a lot of space inside to offer outstanding comfort for all the passengers. The overall length of vehicle is about 4825mm along with a total width of 1825mm, which also includes the foldable outside rear view mirrors as well. Its decent height is 1480mm that creates ample head room for all occupants. It has a roomy wheelbase of 2775mm, which ensures ample leg room and it has a decent ground clearance of 160mm. Its steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius 5.7 meters. The maximum kerb weight of the sedan is 1475 kgs and its gross weight is around 2000 kgs.
Ed's Take : The interior space offered on the Camry is good for four large adults. The rear seats are extremely comfortable, while the hybrid even gets the option of adjusting recline on them. The hybrid also gets front seat adjustment from the rear and three-zone climate control, with a separate zone for the rear passengers.
The company has updated the internal section of this sedan series and given it a classy appearance. Now it comes in a beige color scheme, which is complemented by wood inserts on dashboard, steering wheel and center console. It also has ambient lighting for enhancing the look of its cabin and is incorporated with various sophisticated features as well. In terms of seating, it is incorporated with well cushioned seats that provide ample leg space for all its occupants. These seats are integrated with adjustable head restraints and a center arm rest as well. The seats of its entry level trim are covered with premium leather upholstery, which further adds to the classiness of the vehicle. The rear seat comes with split foldable function, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. The driver's seat is available with proper lumbar support and it has 8-way electrical adjustment function. At the same time, front passenger seat is also power adjustable and it comes with easy access function. The cabin is quite spacious and there is enough leg as well as shoulder room offered to its passengers. The smooth dashboard comes with wood inserts and is also equipped with a few features. These aspects are chrome accentuated AC vents, a large glove box with cooling effect for keeping some small things at hand, leather wrapped steering wheel and a redesigned silver accentuated instrument panel. It houses digital tachometer, electronic tripmeter, door ajar warning, seat belt warning notification and speedometer. The company has given this sedan a lot of utility based aspects, which are cup and bottle holders, front seat back pockets, a large boot compartment, glove box with cooling effect, a rear parcel shelf, ticket holder in the vanity mirrors and other such features. It is also integrated with a digital clock as well as a 12V DC power outlet, which will help in charging gadgets, while on the move. The chrome finishing to gear shift knob and parking lever tip further gives a classy look to its interiors. Apart from these, it also has an advanced multi-information display, front overhead storage console, day and night inside rear view mirror, shift lock system, illuminated and lockable glove box, personal lamps, wood finished on door trims, luggage room lamp and many other such aspects.
For giving a pleasurable driving experience the company has bestowed this sedan series with a long list of impressive features, which gives the occupants an enjoyable driving experience. It has an efficient air conditioner unit with a dual zone automatic climate control function. It also has rear AC vents that help in cooling the entire cabin in no time. This sedan has an interior illumination package with a fade out room lamp, inside door handles and foot well lamps. The multi functional power steering wheel is mounted with audio, cruise control and call buttons. There is an ECO meter with an indicator for added comfort. This updated version is bestowed with hi-res screen for touchscreen infotainment system as well as digital display between the meters. Its multimedia player has a lot of controls that add to the comfort level. It features audio streaming and Bluetooth connectivity along with intuitive voice command technology. It supports CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, USB interface, Aux-in Port and six speakers, which enhances the ambiance of its cabin. It also has in-built Mic and amplifier as well. The cabin is incorporated with a cruise control function with speed limiter that maintains a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. The illuminated glove box compartment is large, which makes storing of objects and its accessibility easier. The smart digital instrument cluster comes with easy to read and alerts the driver with various notifications. It houses a digital tachometer, an electronic tripmeter, door ajar warning, outside temperature display, driver seat belt reminder notification and several other functions. In addition to these, it also has front over head storage console, rain sensing wipers, front and rear courtesy lamps, remote boot release, a luggage compartment lamp, rear wind screen defogger with timer, shift position indicator, rear parking assist, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, smart access card entry, engine start and stop button, dusk sensing headlamps, dust and pollen filter, remote lighting and rear view camera on display on its electrochromic rear view mirror.
The interiors of this premium sedan series are very spacious and can take in five occupants without any difficulty. The seating arrangement is very comfortable and provides apt thigh support along with knee room as well. It has a spacious boot compartment, which can be further increased by folding its rear seat. Its 2.5-litre G variant has a fuel tank capacity of 70 litres, while the fuel tank of its other trim has the capacity to store about 60 litres. It is quite good for planning longer journeys.
Ed's Take : The acceleration produced by the Camry is decent, and especially in the automatic it feels a bit sluggish.
With the help of a six speed automatic transmission gear box, it can attain a maximum speed in the range of 180 to 185 Kmph, which is quite exciting for the passengers sitting inside. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph in just about 7.8 seconds from a standstill. On the other hand, its hybrid variant is mated with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission gear box. It allows the motor to zoom towards a top speed in the range of 190 Kmph to 195 Kmph and it can accelerate from zero to 100 Kmph in close to 9.3 seconds.
Ed's Take : The performance from the Camry is decent, however it has a good drivability. There is absolutely of lag in power for this engine.
The company has not made any technical changes to this newly launched sedan series. it is equipped with the same refined and highly advanced 2.5-litre, 2AR - FE petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2494cc. This dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) based motor is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. It has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 178.5bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 233Nm at just 4100rpm. It is cleverly mated with a six speed automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. At the same time, its Hybrid variant is bestowed with the same engine along with permanent magnet synchronous motor, which enhances its performance. It comes with three modes of power output, which are 157.8bhp, 141bhp and 202.1bhp all at 5700rpm. While it yields two different torque outputs as well that are 213Nm and 270Nm at 4500rpm. This power plant is coupled with an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission gear box, which allows the vehicle to attain a breathtaking top speed. It is incorporated with an electronic fuel injection supply system that helps in generating a healthy mileage under standard driving conditions.
Ed's Take : The fuel efficiency of the Toyota Camry is about 7-9km/l depending completely on your driving style. The hybrid version is a lot more fuel efficient than the conventional petrol as it offers an efficiency of about 13-14 km/l under normal driving style. The ARAI figure is of about 19km/l, but then those aren’t realistic figures.
The engine of petrol variant is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system, which allows the sedan to deliver about 13 Kmpl on the highways and 9.5 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions. On the other hand, its Hybrid version is equipped with an advanced electronic fuel injection supply system, which gives out 19.1 Kmph on the bigger roads and close to 16.3 Kmpl within the city under standard driving conditions.
Ed's Take : The power produced by the Camry is good, and the same goes with the hybrid version too. At about 167bhp in the petrol and 200+ in the hybrid, this power looks great on paper.
The 2.5-litre, 2AR-FE technology based petrol engine has the ability of churning out a maximum power of 178.5bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 233Nm at just 4100rpm. At the same time, its Hybrid variant comes with three modes of power output, which are 157.8bhp, 141bhp and 202.1bhp all at 5700rpm. While it yields two different torque outputs as well that is 213Nm and 270Nm at 4500rpm.
Ed's Take : The accessories on the Camry include touchscreen, seat ventilation, three zone climate control, rear and side blinds.
The company has integrated this model series with an advanced 2-DIN audio system, which has a touchscreen display and Bluetooth connectivity. This audio unit has is integrated with MP3/CD player, radio with FM tuner along with six speakers that enhances the ambiance of its cabin. It also has a remote control along with other input options such as a USB interface, iPod connectivity and Aux-In port. The multi-function steering wheel has been embedded with audio and phone buttons to further enhance the comfort levels of the driver. On the other hand, the owners can also customize the vehicle with various features like rear seat entertainment, navigation system, leather seats, floor mats, stylish body decals, a set of alloy wheels, illuminated scuff plates, LED day time running lights and several other features.
Ed's Take : The handling characteristics of the Camry aren’t phenomenal as it has been designed for better comfort. Hence, one can feel the body roll on this sedan.
The company has given this vehicle an efficient braking as well as a reliable suspension mechanism, which keeps it well balanced and stable at all times. Its front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, whereas the rear one gets a dual link type of mechanism. These axles are assisted by stabilizer bar along with coil springs that keeps the vehicle stable. It also has vehicle stability and traction control system. On the other hand, it braking mechanism is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. It also has anti slip regulation function, which prevents the traction while driving. The front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while the rear ones have been equipped with conventional set of solid disc brakes. This mechanism is further improved by brake assist system. It is incorporated with an electric variable and speed proportional power assisted steering system. It is highly responsive and comes with tilt as well as telescopic adjustment function. This steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.3 meters, which is quite good for this class.
Ed's Take : The safety features on the Camry include airbags, ABS and even ESP.
The company has blessed the 2015 version of this stylish sedan with some top quality protective features to increase the safety quotient. It has a highly developed clearance and back sonar with illustration display to simplify the parking. The advanced engine immobilizer comes with security alarm system, which prevents it from any unauthorized entry. It is equipped with electronic stability program that prevents wheel slip and loss of traction by minimizing the engine power and by applying brake force to the wheels. The electrochromic rear view mirror prevents dazzling of headlights from oncoming traffic, thus making the drive safe. There are front anti whiplash adjustable headrests available that helps preventing the risk of whiplash injury in case of a collision. There are SRS airbags available for driver and co-passenger along with side and curtain airbags as well. Besides these, it has ISOFIX child seats mounting points, speed limiter, anti-pinch windows, safety belts with pretensioner and force limiter, impact sensing fuel cut-off and speed sensing automatic door lock.
The flared up wheel arches of this model series are fitted with a brand new set of 16-inch alloy wheels, which are covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 215/60 R16. The company has also fitted a full size spare wheel along with all the tools for changing a flat tyre. It is a standard feature in both variants.
1. Performance of the engine is quite good.
2. Updated exteriors gives the vehicle an alluring look.
3. Safety aspects of the Hybrid version are up to the mark.
4. Innovative comfort features adds to the advantage.
5. Vehicle remains stable even at high speed levels.
1. Cost of maintenance and spare parts is expensive.
2. Fuel economy of petrol variant is not satisfying.
3. Lower ground clearance is a big minus point.
4. Suspension system can be made better.
5. Limited exterior paint options to choose from.
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