It’s all about the design! Well, that’s what the 8th generation Toyota Camry Hybrid is trying to be. Is there more to it let us find out? Toyota Camry has had its share of fan following that not only like this premium saloon for its exterior design but for comfort and practicality. Can the 2019 edition go beyond to create something special for the end consumer, well for that lets take a closer look, shall we?
How Is It On The Outside?
The 7th generation Toyota Camry looked elegant but had attributes of a boxy design that in the 8th generation has been given a miss. The all-new Toyota Camry is not only bigger in dimensions but also very nice to look at no matter from which angle you lay your eyes on it. But before we get to that, let us inform that the dimensions have been altered on this premium sedan. In comparison to its predecessor, the latest generation is 35mm longer, 50mm wider and 25mm lower (Length 4885mm, Width 1840mm & Height 1455mm) due to which the new Toyota Camry is more appealing. Circling back to its design,
upfront you get an aggressive fascia that is highlighted via a sleek grille. Pair of LED headlamps alongside LED DRLs is the striking point out here and so is the massive grille positioned on the lower half of the front bumper providing it with a distinctive look. It thus houses a pair of fog lamps as well. The availability of a muscular hood ensures that no matter where you are, the moment this vehicle goes by you will stand-up and take notice of it. Now to the sides, with the dimensions out of our way let us say that the new iteration breaks the shackles. Its 18-inch wheels and wider set of tyres provide the vehicle with a sticking stance. Though looking at our Indian road conditions, a low ground clearance could be an issue especially while traveling a full load. The sloping roofline blends perfectly into the rear tailgate. This particular section stands to provide a curvaceous design as the availability of slim taillights boost up its prominence. The blue colour touch provided to the logos in the front as well as the rear reiterates its ‘Hybrid’ attribute.
How Is It On The Inside?
Earlier the interiors were a bit plain but now with the advent of this new model things have drastically improved for the better. For instance, the dashboard is completely new, the layout will have you engulfed to experience each and every element as you gaze from the driver’s seat (right to left). The steering wheel feels more compact than before, the instrument cluster gets new dials that look up-market with a multi-information display right in the center. Move away and the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system greets you instantly. This particular unit comes compatible with a 9-speaker JBL audio system that sounds really good. However, there are a couple of drawbacks it does not offer Apple CarPlay and nor does it have Android Auto. To make up, Toyota has provided Mirror Link but that too does not work with all phones. These aside, some of the other stand out points are wireless phone charging which is a first for this sedan, ventilated front seats which will be liked by most of us, its leather perforated seats feel well cushioned and comfortable. While the rear needs a mention for its window blinds, reclining seats and center armrest that also doubles up as command center featuring touchpad controls for A/C and infotainment system.
How Does It Drive?
I still remember my impression of having driven the previous generation. It was quite decent on performance and most importantly it was environmentfriendly. The latter being the need of the hour, the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid features a new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform which ensures that you’re just not chauffer driven but can also take the wheel to do your own thing. The eagerness of this 2.5-litre petrol engine working in tandem with a nickel-metal hybrid battery ensures that the performance is improved than before. Plus, the inclusion of a CVT gearbox with paddle shifts does well to provide perfect shifts. In addition to that, there are 3 driving modes namely, Eco, Normal and Sports. Though the response is best obtained in Normal or Sports Mode. As for the ride quality, the updated platform ensures that going over potholes and broken surfaces is an easy affair.
Price: ₹37.5 Lakh (ex-showroom)
ENGINE – 2.5-Litre 4 Cylinder Gasoline Hybrid
POWER – 215 Bhp
TORQUE – 202 Nm
TRANSMISSION – CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) Sequential Shift With Paddles
The 8th Generation Toyota camry is definitely about design be it on the outside or the inside. its aggressive looks, good build quality, comfort and performance make this sedan a worthy contender against the likes of skoda superb, honda accord hybrid and volkswagen passat.