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Toyota Camry Facelift First Look Review

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Toyota Camry Overview

Toyota Camry is currently one of the best vehicles that are available in the mid-size luxury car segment. Though the sedan is a niche player in the segment, it got a big boost when the Japanese carmaker decided to assemble it in India. This gave it an edge over immediate rival Honda Accord in terms of pricing. Toyota has recently launched 2018 Camry in India, the updated car gets minor tweaks on the outside as well as inside with added goodies.

The 2018 Toyota Camry is being offered as a perfect choice for the executive buyers as it gets high predicted reliability rating, advanced driver assist features and numerous safety aspects. Camry also gets a boost in performance and all thanks to its powerful and improved engine. The carmaker has roughly sold around 10,000 Camry till date and the most surprising bit is that about 73 percent sales come from the hybrid version. This also shows the great potential of hybrid cars in India and the reason why Toyota came out with the 7th generation model. Check for Toyota Camry price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

Toyota Camry Look

The Camry was never designed to be a head turner, but this facelift has brought in some much needed oomph, particularly if you happen to view it from the front. There’s that essential bit of visual excitement to the car now. The grille has grown in size (a good thing that); the air-dam goes all trapezoidal on you and the fog-lamps plus the DRL’s have been integrated rather neatly into the revised bumper.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the Toyota badge sitting proudly, smack in the middle of things, now has a bit of blue in it. It acts as a subtle visual differentiator. It is to proudly declare to the world that you can enjoy motoring about in sheer luxury, even as you do your bit for the environment. The chrome might not be to everyone’s fancy, but it is of a gleaming high quality.

The all-new headlamps though are something that you’ll come to love. While the high-beam is still a halogen affair, the low beam and the day lamps are pure LED. View the older car and this new face lifted Camry from the side and you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference. Only the keen eyes reveal the subtle differences in the skirting on the new one.Things do get a wee bit more noticeable at the rear, for the tail-lamps do get the LED treatment and the bumper has been revised too, but that’s that. All-in-all, the new, face-lifted Camry ticks most of the right boxes on the exterior.

Toyota Camry Cabin

The first thing you notice when you enter the Camry is that the seating position is a bit low. However the cowl of the dashboard is not very high and with electric seats, it’s a breeze to get into a comfortable driving position. The interior of the Camry feels plush, well appointed and fitting to a car of this price. The dashboard has a unique Y-shaped design which looks cool. The knobs and physical buttons feel quite nice to operate and kudos to Toyota for keeping the physical buttons alive. It gets really easy to operate commands on the move. The only catch is that the quality of some plastics is not quite in the league of the Skoda Superb or the Volkswagen Passat. The cabin lacks the solidity and the heft of some German cars

Toyota has lavishly equipped the Camry with the latest in tech and comfort. The front seats are powered as well as ventilated and there’s a memory function for the driver’s seat. You also get power-reclining rear seats, powered sunshades with touch-sensitive controls in the rear centre armrest, 9-speaker JBL audio system, a reverse camera and a head-up display amongst others. When you slot into reverse, the rear windscreen sunshade automatically folds down so that you get a better view and then it comes back when you slot into D. This gets a bit annoying though when you’re parking in a tight space and need to do switch between D and R multiple times. The sound quality from this infotainment system is very good, the menus are also well laid out and navigation works great but my grouse is with the richness of the display because when compared to other premium cars, the display on this feels a step behind.

The light brown wood theme is also pleasant to your eyes and we like how there are different colours and textures on the seats. They look refreshing compared to an all-beige theme. The seats, as always are supremely comfortable. The Camry has lots of space in the front and the back and it is one of those cars you can spend hours in. The front seats offer excellent comfort and they’re designed in such a way that you don’t get tired even after really long drives. Same goes for the rear seats which offer phenomenal comfort and space is also very good. Leg room is brilliant and the best part is that the front seat can be pushed forward by the rear passenger via a couple of buttons placed on the side. The boot is also humungous, we stashed a lot of bags and it just took in everything. The Camry doesn’t disappoint when it comes to storage spaces in the cabin, with ample amount of cubbyholes and storage to keep various things. To know more information on Toyota Camry  check Ksd-media

Toyota Camry Transmission

The powertrain on the Camry Hybrid is a sublime tribute to the Gods of electro-mechanical art. You start off in pure electric mode and continue to run on battery power at low speeds. This is most helpful in choc-a-bloc traffic conditions, when the world around you is going honking mad and you’re sitting there in a calm, serene environment – sheer bliss! There is a wee bit of whine for those of you with keen ears but the major chunk of the noise is from the tires. Not obtrusive in any way, mind you – but simply a fall-out of having a propulsion system that’s way quieter than what’s usually on offer.

The 2.5 Litre petrol motor is carried over from its earlier avatar and continues to make 150+ Bhp. This is joined by an electric motor in series-parallel sequence, thereby bumping up power to over 200 Bhp. No, we didn’t get our math wrong (though there are those among us who’d argue that one plus one equals five). The lower combined output is quite simply the result of the time differential in the peak power generation of the two motors. On the road, she’ll please you with her butter-smooth power delivery and throw in a bit of a surprise every now and then, with her speed-gathering habits. The CVT ‘box does struggle when you get those ‘let’s nail the throttle’ urges (you really shouldn’t be buying a Camry for outright acceleration), but barring those rare moments, things are nice and smooth.

We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again – Toyota have really nailed it with the way the Camry shifts seamlessly between the two power systems. We literally lost track on the number of times, we caught ourselves double-checking if the car was running or not in traffic. Toyota haven’t given a manual override option on the Camry, and drivers have to make do with Economy and EV modes. No there’s no ‘Go-faster’ option either, at-least not a dedicated one. But floor that throttle, wait that split-second as the CVT ‘box catches on and then hold-on. There’s this steady build-up of power as the electric motor combines its output with that of the 2.5 Litre motor under the hood that sends you surging through in whichever direction you wish to choose.

Toyota Camry Driving

Speaking of the suspension, the new TNGA architecture has enabled a sportier setup in the car. The new Camry gets well-known McPherson Strut suspension along with stabilizer bar at the front and the rear gets the dual link suspension with stabilizer bar. It helps to make the ride quite easy on the bad road conditions and surpass the jerks providing the equal amount of comfort while driven on the smooth road.The car is an utter comfortable to drive as much as the vehicle with thrice the price tag. The damped suspension and the shock absorber work extremely well and make sure the occupants remain comfortable inside. The cabin is nicely insulated from both engine and road noise.

Toyota Camry Safety

Safety is never a bother with Toyota’s India line-up. It is but natural then that the top-spec car from the company’s range gets a whole hog of safety. Toyota gives 9 airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, ESP and child seat anchorages as standard. It is likely that the Camry will score top marks in crash tests with so much on offer. The Camry offers world-class safety and it is right up there with the competition. Toyota’s service and reliability, as we all know, is top class too.

Toyota Camry Price in Chennai.

Toyota Camry On Road Price is 44,57,568/- and Ex-showroom Price is 36,95,000/- in Chennai. Toyota Camry comes in 7 colours, namely Dark Brown Mica Metallic,Silver Metallic,White Pearl Crystal Shine,Grey Metallic,True Blue Mica Metallic,Attitude Black,Greyish Blue Mica Metallic. Toyota Camry comes with FWD with 2494 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 158 bhp@5700 rpm and Peak Torque 213 Nm@4500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Toyota Camry comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Toyota Camry Final Word

The 10th generation Toyota Camry Hybrid is indeed a step up from the older car. It has so much more tech, offers excellent comfort and the powertrain is brilliant. There’s not much to dislike about this sedan actually. The new model is priced a bit lower than the outgoing car and it offers good value for this price because it comes bundled with Toyota’s stellar service and reliability. Talking about competition, well the Camry rivals the Honda Accord Hybrid which is priced significantly higher. For the price of the Camry you do get entry-level luxury saloons but for people who don’t care much about the badge and want a car that lasts for years if not a lifetime, the Camry is the one to buy.

Toyota Camry is available in two variants. The 2.5 G model is available at the price tag of Rs. 29.75 lakh while the hybrid variant gets the price tag of Rs. 37.22 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi. Toyota Camry challenges Honda Accord in the segment while Skoda Superb is also a strong contender against the luxury sedan which undercuts it by a huge margin.