Next-Gen Toyota Camry Spotted in India

The eighth-gen Toyota Camry Hybrid has been seen testing in Bengaluru, which is to be scheduled for launch in India in mid-2019. The rivals of next-gen Skoda Superb, Volkswagen Passat and Accord Hybrid will come with an all-new chassis design, more equipment and a reworked hybrid powertrain.

The new Camry has the same front-wheel-drive Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform with the recently launched Lexus ES 300h, though in the Camry, it is called the GA-K. This has helped in increasing the sedan’s dimensions compared to the current model, including a 50mm increase in the wheelbase, which now stands at 2,825mm. While it is bigger than the previous model, the new Camry’s weight has not increased and now gets better in-cabin insulation.

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The next-gen sedan will be the most aggressive-looking Camry, based on Toyota’s new ‘Keen Look’ design language. It sports a V-shaped grille that couples the headlamps and a large air dam at the front. The sides feature prominent creases running from the front to the rear doors, while the boot gets lip spoiler.


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The new Camry’s cabin has been upgraded prominently. The current car’s drab dashboard is gone and a new sweeping design that is tilted slightly towards the driver has been replaced with it. A new 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system sits on top of the centre console. There’s also a new 10-inch head-up display and a 7.0-inch multi-information display in the instrument cluster. The internal boasts more soft-touch materials and will come with the segment-rivalling kit in the form of a wireless smartphone charging, dual-zone automatic climate control, nine-speaker JBL audio system, and cooled and power reclining rear seats.

There are 10 airbags (one more than the current-gen model) as the safety kit, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control and a lane departure alert with steering assist offered as standard.

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As the new Camry is the current model, it is expected in hybrid form only. The 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine has been tweaked to now make 176hp and 221Nm of peak torque (an increase of 16hp and 8Nm). The interior combustion engine works in conjunction with a 118hp (88kW) electric motor, which takes combined output to a limited 208hp (an overall increase of 3hp). This petrol-electric hybrid system is mated to a 6-step CVT automatic gearbox that can be operated via paddle shifters and will have four drive modes - Normal, Eco, EV and Sport. Toyota has also added a new Auto Glide Control coasting feature which is meant to boost fuel economy. The current Camry prices at Rs 37.22 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), is expected to be 1 lakh Rs more expensive than the current model.