The current generation Toyota Camry, on sale in India for the past six years, is soon to be replaced with the 8th gen Camry. The new Camry has been spied on test in Bangalore ahead of launch on 18th Jan 2019. In its new avatar, the 2019 Toyota Camry will excel both where luxury and technology is concerned.
2019 Toyota Camry will also come in with hybrid powertrain technology and will be manufactured in the country. It will be based on the GA-K architecture which is the same platform on which the Lexus ES300h is positioned. The sedan will be seen in increased dimensions while wheelbase will be extended by 50mm to now stand at 2,825mm.
Exteriors will receive updates in the form of a new V shaped grille flanked by sharp headlamps. There will be prominent crease lines throughout its sides while at the rear, a raised boot lid and new tail lamps can be seen.
Interiors also get revamped with an 8” touchscreen infotainment system along with a 10” head up color display and 7” multi information display positioned within the instrument cluster. Seating will be done up in soft touch material with cooled seats and electrically reclining backrests. Other on-board features will include a 9 speaker JBL system, automatic climate control and wireless smartphone charging. The list of safety features includes multiple airbags, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control and lane departure alert.
The 8th gen Toyota Camry will be powered by a 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder petrol engine offering 173 bhp power and 221 Nm torque. The hybrid variant will be powered by Toyota Hybrid System II generating 205 bhp peak power. Transmission options include an 8 speed torque converter automatic and a 6 speed CVT with paddle shifter. The Camry Hybrid will get four drive modes of Normal, Eco, EV and Sport while the Auto Glide Control coasting feature will enhance fuel efficiency.
Prices of the next gen Toyota Camry are slated to start at around Rs 38 lakhs. Once launched, it will compete against the Honda Accord Hybrid, Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat in India.