Toyota has kick-started its plans for 2022 for the Indian market with the facelifted version of its premium executive sedan, the Camry Hybrid. The new facelifted Toyota Camry Hybrid is a midlife update of its eighth-generation model, which gets a few cosmetic revisions in and out. This version of the Camry had already debuted globally in late 2020.
Price and Variants
The new Toyota Camry has been made available for the Indian car market in only one fully-loaded variant, which has been priced at Rs 41.70 lakh. At this new price, the new Toyota Camry is Rs 50,000 more expensive than the previous model, which was priced at Rs 41.20 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, India).
Changes to the exterior design
To start with, the changes on the outside of the Toyota Camry are very limited and are not substantial to give it all-new appeal. However, the minor revisions introduced like a sleeker-looking grille with lesser chrome garnish, a wider central air intake in the front bumper with chrome on its sides make its face look subtler. Other revisions which are worth mentioning in the facelifted Camry are new 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels and darkened inserts for LED tail lamps.
Changes to interior design
The most noteworthy change which one can witness in the new Toyota Camry when compared to the model it replaces is the introduction of a new floating 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This new unit replaces the 8-inch screen which was neatly integrated within the centre console, and finally supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity. The AC vents in the centre console are repositioned and now sit below the infotainment screen. Other changes to the cabin of the Toyota Camry include a redesigned front armrest and a new trim finish for the dashboard.
Apart from the new 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay, the new Toyota Camry continues to get features like three-zone automatic climate control, push start-stop button, 9-speaker JBL audio system, sunroof, powered sunshades for rear passengers, electrically reclining rear seats, ventilated and powered front seats, wireless charger, memory function for the driver’s seat, head-up display, reverse camera and nine airbags.
The Toyota Camry continues to hold the distinction of the only pure-hybrid car below the Rs 50 lakh mark. There are no changes to the powertrain of the Camry in this facelifted avatar, which means that the car continues to source its power from a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine paired to a 120 bhp permanent magnet synchronous motor. This combination delivers a combined power output of 218 bhp and a claimed fuel efficiency of 23.27 kmpl. A CVT is the only choice of transmission in the Toyota Camry.
At its price, the only direct rival of the Toyota Camry is the Skoda Superb, which, unlike the Camry, lacks a hybrid system for its powertrain. The Camry is also priced similar to smaller sedans from premium carmakers, like Mercedes Benz A-Class and BMW 2-Series.