BS4 Camry Hybrid was first launched in India back in Jan 2019, at a price of Rs 36.95 lakhs, ex-sh
Toyota Camry D-segment sedan has been updated to the BS6 emission standards, and at Rs 37.88 lakh (ex-showroom), it is Rs 93,000 more expensive than the BS4 version. The niche product currently has no direct rival in our market except the Skoda Superb which is also expected to be upgraded to latest emission standards soon.
The Toyota Camry BS6 continues to be powered by the petrol hybrid powertrain which comprises a 2.5-liter petrol engine and an electric motor. The IC engine is tuned to produce 178 hp and 221 Nm of torque while the electric motor is rated at 120 hp and 202 Nm of torque. The combined power output of the hybrid system stands at 218 hp. The system is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters.
The hybrid powertrain is capable of allowing pure electric driving mode. In addition, the system offers three driving modes namely Eco, Normal and Power. There are no visual changes compared to the BS4 version. The Toyota Camry adopts a modern and youthful styling language with a touch of elegance. The interior design is characterized by an unconventional center console shape and dual-tone color theme.
The lone variant available in India comes packed up the gills with premium equipment including a comprehensive touchscreen infotainment system, three-zone automatic climate control, Head-Up Display, leather upholstery, touchscreen controls for the entertainment system on the rear arm rest, adjustable rear seats, powered rear sun shade, 8-way electrically adjustable front seats, sunroof, LED headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels and so on.
The Toyota Camry is also loaded with 9 airbags, reverse parking camera, ABS with EBD and BA, VSC and traction control, hill start assist, park assist and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The premium sedan is available in 7 colour options namely Platinum White (pearl), Silver (metallic), Attitude Black, Burning Black, Red Mica, Phantom Brown and Graphite (metallic).
At this price point, customers have access to entry level variants of luxury crossovers like BMW X1 and Audi Q3. With crossovers clearly ruling every price segment, products like Camry have a very limited takers.
The sedan’s strong selling points include very comfortable rear seats, ample interior space and a lengthy equipment list. In India, the Camry serves more as a brand shaper for Toyota’s hybrid powertrain rather than as a volume spinner. In other news, Toyota has received approval from its partner Suzuki to sell a rebadged version of the Vitara Brezza compact crossover in India.