Toyota launches next-gen Camry In Thailand; India Launch awaited for 2019

  • 1st, Nov 2018 2:00 PM
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The eight-gen Toyota Camry has recently made its Thailand debut and it is expected to hit the Indian roads by early 2019. The luxury sedan which was unveiled during the 2017 Detroit Motor Show is already on sale in Japan, Australia, and North America. Here's a layer by layer anatomy of what’s new and what’s old on the next-gen Camry

Design

India bound Camry will in all likelihood be similar in design to its Thai-sibling. Both trims are in line with the international-spec model in terms of looks and design. The only discernible change will be the front fascia which gets a newly designed bumper with fog lamps. The rear escapes the knife and borrows its looks completely from the international version.

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On the inside, the new Camry will match its international parent across all fronts ranging from luxury to comfort. The cockpit themed interior may adorn custom dashboards in line with the current market trends of the particular country. A key highlight is Toyota’s ‘Human Machine Interface’ that syncs the multiple displays together. This cluster of the interconnected display comprises of:

  • 7-inch multi-information display mated to the instrument cluster.
  • 8-inch audio/navigation display with climate control panel part of the central console.
  • 10-inch color head-up Display (HUD).

Platform And Dimensions

The Thai-spec sedan rests on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. The same platform underpins the seventh-gen Lexus ES300h, released earlier this year in India, priced at ₹ 59.13 Lakhs ( Ex-Showroom). The platform imparts increased dimensions to the new sedan, making it longer and wider by 35mm and 15mm respectively. The current Indian variant measures 4885mm x 1840mm x 1445mm (LxWxH). Further, with a 50mm longer wheelbase, the new Camry promises better legroom and space for passengers.

Engine

Thailand bound Camry will be available in two engine options with contrasting gearbox. These include:

  • 2.0-litre 167 PS/199 Nm petrol engine with 6-speed AT
  • 2.5-litre 209PS/250 Nm petrol engine with 8-speed AT

In addition to these, Thai sedan lovers also get a 211PS hybrid powertrain option on the Thai-Camry. Transmission duties on the hybrid variant rest on the e-CVT gearbox which conveys the combined power output of the electric motor and 2.5 L Petrol engine to the front wheels.

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Indian audience may get only the hybrid trim version of the eighth-gen Camry. The 205PS powertrain on the India bound hybrid trim will have a 2.5-litre petrol engine coupled with an electric motor.

Features

The feature list on the Thai-spec Camry is at par with global standards. These include ABS with EBD, lane departure alert, traction control, blind spot monitoring, pre-collision system, nine airbags, hill launch assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a radar-based cruise control. Other premium features on offer include automatic LED DRL, LED headlamps, LED tail lamps, 8-way adjustable ventilated front seats, reclining rear seats, a three-zone climate control, a wireless mobile charging pad, a head-up display, and a 9-speaker JBL sound system. For the India-spec Camry, we expect Toyota to offer all the above-mentioned features except the radar-based cruise control system.

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India Launch and Price Tag

Upon its India Launch, the eight-gen Camry at Rs 37.22 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) will carry a premium price tag. It will take on the likes of Honda Accord Hybrid, Skoda Superb, and the Volkswagen Passat.