2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid Launched In India At INR 37.22 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Japanese automaker Toyota has silently launched the 2018 Camry Hybrid in the country. The newly launched facelifted sedan is priced at Rs 37, 22,300 (ex-showroom, Delhi). However, the car receives minimal updates that too inside the cabin only.
At the heart of the newly launched Toyota Camry is the same 2.5-litre beltless petrol engine that works in synchronization with an electric motor. Both the conventional and electric motors cumulatively produce a maximum power of 202 Bhp mated to an e-CVT automatic transmission. Apart from this, the car uses a complex ECU called Hybrid Synergy Drive to monitor the driving conditions and switch power between the petrol engine and the electric motor. The car also gets segment first fuel economy of 19.16 kmpl.
At the exterior, the newly launched Camry looks identical to the previous model while the interior receives a touchscreen infotainment system coupled with a 12-speaker system from JBL, built-in navigation from MapMyIndia, 3-zone automatic climate control air conditioner along with front seat ventilators, a Heads Up Display which projects the car’s speed and navigation onto the driver’s windshield and puddle lamps as the updates features. Apart from these, the 2018 Camry gets a new steering wheel along with new leather seats from Kogane while the dashboard gets a new carbon wood finish. Other features remain intact in the form of wireless smartphone charger, power recline rear seats and nine SRS airbags, among others.
Toyota India had discontinued the previous Camry Hybrid model due to the implementation of GST (Goods and Service Tax) as the increased tax rate increased the price of the car, hence reducing the sales rate by 25 per cent in the Indian market. The Indian government has increased the tax rate on the premium vehicles by making it 28 percent GST and 15 percent luxury cess. Toyota imports the Camry in the country and then assembles it here and therefore the price difference between the Hybrid and the regular version became negligible. It is because the Camry Hybrid gets FAME benefits of up to Rs. 70,000.;
The Japanese carmaker launched the new Toyota Camry hybrid in India in February 2017 but put a temporary halt on the production of the car in October 2017. However, the re-production of the Toyota Camry in the country started in March 2018. However, since the Indian govt intends to promote more hybrid and electric motors in the vehicles in future, the automakers can now invest in technologies that are alternatives to fuel or help to reduce emissions as well as fuel usage. Therefore, hybrid vehicles like Toyota Camry hybrid would prove to be more fuel efficient and adhere to the new fuel efficiency norms in order to bring the sedan back in demand in the country. Apart from the hybrid technology, alternative fuel sources such as hydrogen, ethanol and biodiesel sources are the other power sources the automakers are focusing on for future. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates.;
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