2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid has a thoroughly updated exterior with interior changes; based on a new platform
Less than a couple of weeks ago, we exclusively revealed that Toyota began bookings of the upcoming Camry across its dealerships in India. Scheduled to go on sale on January 18, the 2019 Toyota Camry is expected to be priced slightly higher than the outgoing model at around Rs. 39 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Camry has long been competing in the premium sedan segment against the likes of Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb. However, the Accord is the only dedicated hybrid among the pack other than the Camry. Toyota Kirloskar Motor launched the latest Camry less than a year ago in India and is braced for a brand new generation.
The eighth generation Toyota Camry is based on a brand new platform with increased proportions. The TNGA-K has also ensured decreased kerb weight, lowered ground clearance and optimised centre of gravity for better handling prowess. The new Camry also has longer wheelbase than the existing model for more interior room.
The 2019 Camry shares plenty in common with the Lexus ES 300h and it gets a thoroughly updated front portion. The grille area has become more prominent than ever with plenty of horizontal slats and a sportier lower section. The headlamps are sharper than before with muscular bonnet lines.
But the rear end has stayed rather uninspired compared to the changes up front. The interior also has its fair share of updates including an revised dashboard, seven-inch instrument cluster display, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, usage of premium quality materials and so on.
In global markets, the new Camry is offered with different powertrain options but India will continue with the same petrol hybrid system. The combined power output has grown to 208 hp this time around. The 2.5-litre petrol engine is connected to an electric motor for propulsion and a CVT sends power to the wheels.