MFC Buying Guide - Toyota Camry
Toyota is one of the renowned car manufacturers, which has got many impeccable car models across several car markets all over the world. One of their premium sedan series is the sophisticated looking Toyota Camry sedan. Toyota unveiled the face lifted version of the Camry at the Moscow Motor Show in early 2014.
The version made for India is different from the Camry sold in the European car market. This new model comes with many changes to its exterior. The most evident change on the front fascia is the new bumper with larger air intakes. This bumper has been restyled with fog lights surrounded by the chrome accented slats. The car has been given new head lamps, daytime running lights. The rear bumper has also been updated and there is a chrome accent for the tail lights. There are not many changes inside the cabin of this car apart from few upgrades that differentiate the face lifted car from the current one.
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Toyota has equipped this new car with a new three spoke multifunction steering wheel. While the layout of the dashboard is still the same, the instrument cluster has been redesigned. The car will come with the features found in the current model - front dual airbags, ABS and traction control will be on offer as standard on the top level trim of the Camry.
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This face lifted version of the Camry will be available in three engine variants globally. These include the 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0 litre petrol engines, while in India only the 2.5 litre petrol model and the 2.5 litre Hybrid model will be offered. The engine comes coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the Hybrid model comes mated to a CVT transmission. It is expected that the same engine will continue to power the face lifted edition of this car.
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This new Toyota Camry is expected to be priced in the INR 25 to 30 lakh range and will compete with the Volkswagen Passat, the Skoda Superb and even the new Audi A3 sedan.
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The odd even law imposed by the government in the Delhi-NCR region has helped Toyota with the increase in sales of the Camry hybrid version as it is exempted from the law. The price drop will enhance the prospects of this car since the difference in the cost of petrol and hybrid versions is approximately Rs 60,000 now.
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The cost of Toyota Camry hybrid has been reduced by INR 2.3 lakh as Delhi Government has drastically lessened the VAT on hybrid and electric cars from 12.5 per cent to five per cent going by the imposed law. The car can produce a combined output of 205PS with the help of the petrol and an electric engine.