The Camry Hybrid, Toyota’s flagship car in India, had a generation upgrade in 2019 and is now in its eighth generation. Not only has Toyota retained the Camry’s key characteristics, such as a hybrid powertrain, plenty of space and comfort, and a plethora of features, but it has also embraced a more flamboyant design concept and improved its driving dynamics, making it far more thrilling than previous models. The Camry Hybrid gets slight cosmetic modifications on the outside and interior for the 2022 mid-life update, as well as an all-new infotainment system.
Due to modest outward modifications, notably at the front, distinguishing the 2022 model from the pre-facelift version requires a keen eye. The grille with the ‘T’ insignia is now a little sleeker and does not dip into the air dam as much as it did previously. The Camry’s strongly defined inverted hexagonal air-dam (also seen in the Innova Crysta) is in keeping with Toyota’s current design philosophy, but it also continues into the fog light housings and is flanked by C-shaped chrome components that lend further flair to its style. It also gets new two-tone multi-spoke alloys that look great. Here are the specs of toyota camry you should know about.
On the inside, the all-new 9.0-inch free-standing touchscreen infotainment system gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connection for the first time. Due to dated typefaces and resolution, and a display that isn’t sharp enough, especially in the broad afternoon sunshine, the system still feels behind the competition; nonetheless, navigating the menus is simple, and it features in-built navigation. The center air vents have been moved below the new screen to accommodate it (they were earlier located above it). The faux wood trim, which is a shade darker than the previous edition, is the only additional cosmetic modification on the inside.
Auto LED headlamps, a head-up display, electric front seats with memory for the driver, ventilated front seats, a 9.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, in-built navigation, nine-speaker JBL sound system, electric reclining rear seats, three-zone climate control, cruise control, and a sunroof are just a few of the features available on the Camry Hybrid.
The Toyota Camry Hybrid’s distinctive selling point is its hybrid powertrain, which combines a 2.5-liter petrol engine with 178hp and 221Nm and a 120hp and 202Nm motor-generator to provide 218hp. The beauty of this system is that, as long as the battery has enough charge, users can drive in full EV (electric vehicle) mode with modest throttle inputs and at city speeds. The petrol engine only comes on to recharge the battery or when more acceleration is required. The absolutely flawless transition between the petrol and EV modes enriches the experience – the petrol engine is only indicated by a faint purr from the bonnet. The Camry’s e-CVT is mostly smooth in operation, with the typical rubber-band effect only appearing under heavy acceleration.
Eco, Normal, and Sport are the three driving modes available. Eco mode complements the car’s calm and easygoing demeanor, and the hybrid system will even reward owners with fuel efficiency ratings that approach those of a cheap hatchback, which is unheard of in a luxury sedan. Sport mode sharpens reflexes and makes it feel a lot brisker, capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.56 seconds.
The Camry’s suspension is quite supple, absorbing road shocks and rounding off harsh edges with ease. It isn’t as boring to drive as earlier models – it feels confident and composed when pushed with passion, though it isn’t nearly as sporty as the Skoda Superb.
The 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid costs Rs 43.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is Rs 7.60 lakh more than the top-spec Skoda Superb and hence appears to be highly overpriced. However, don’t cross it off your list just yet. The Camry has a genuine luxury automobile vibe, with superbly comfy seats, a compliant suspension setup, and a totally flawless drive experience, in addition to being stocked with premium equipment. Its hybrid powertrain is environmentally friendly, and it will also save you money on gas, with fuel efficiency that will put some budget hatchbacks to shame.