Japanese auto giant Toyota can be easily credited with being the first car manufacturer in India to launch a premium hybrid car ( The Toyota Prius) and as we have been saying, the Camry Hybrid will soon become the second hybrid to come from TKM.
While it is no secret that hybrid vehicles don’t have much of a market in Indian car market, the India launch of the Camry hybrid could be a part of a much larger plan, that of Toyota wishing to be known as makers of green cars on a global scale. This means that the manufacturer might want to make a social statement by launching the Camry hybrid in India.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-liter 158bhp petrol engine that comes mated to a 44vbhp electric motor. The drivetrain is mated to a CVT box and together, the two power sources bestow the car with a max power of 205PS (203bhp). It has emerged that the car has been awarded with an ARAI certified fuel economy figure of 19.16kmpl. The car has CO2 emissions of just 122.8g/km.
The Toyota Camry gets additional features in the form of hill start assist, 3-zone automatic airconditioning, power reclining rear seat, a rear seat armrest with controls for the rear seat recline, rear windshield sunshade and a rear aircon unit. The instrument cluster of the Camry Hybrid features a “hybrid exclusive ornamentation” and the front windscreen gets acoustic wind silencer.
Toyota claims that the four pillars of the Camry hybrid are- high fuel economy, low emissions, power and cabin quietness.
The Camry Hybrid will come to us via CKD route, with only few powertrain components being imported. The Toyota Camry Hybrid will be launched in India towards the end of this month and is expected to cost considerably more than the petrol-only variant.
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