Comes loaded with a host of new features, both inside and outside the cabin
Toyota is one brand that surely strikes the mind whenever someone utters the words ‘hybrid car’. The Japanese auto giant recently celebrated an amazing achievement of surpassing the 1 crore sales mark for its cars with electrified powertrains. It seems like Toyota has chosen the moment wisely to launch a refreshed version of its Camry Hybrid in India. It is priced at Rs 31.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and that’s Rs 1.08 lakh dearer to the outgoing model.
So what do you get for the extra money? Well, on the outside the car gets new LED fog lamps, bigger 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps with daytime running lights, auto folding and reverse linked ORVMs with memory functionality, and welcome lamps. Step inside the big roomy sedan and the newness includes a 12-speaker JBL music system, reworked navigation system with a better user interface, wireless smartphone charger (it’ll work only if your phone supports the tech), power recline on rear seats, tyre pressure monitoring system and nine SRS airbags including a knee bag. Gosh! That is some list!
Powering the Camry Hybrid is a 2.5-litre petrol mill, which on its own, produces 160PS of power and 213Nm of torque. Then comes the electric powerplant. It draws its juices from a nickel-metal hydride battery pack and, as a standalone, produces 143PS of power and 270Nm of torque. When working together, the total output figure goes up to 205PS. The powerplant is mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission and, get this, a car which has gross weight of 2.1 tonnes, returns a mileage of 19.16 kmpl!
The only rival that the hybrid variant of the Toyota Camry has in India is the Honda Accord Hybrid. Even with the hiked price-tag, the Camry is over Rs 5 lakh cheaper than its Japanese counterpart. If you want to make your contribution towards a ‘greener tomorrow’ and still roam around in a car that, frankly speaking, is all the car you’ll ever need, the Camry Hybrid is a steal!
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