Toyota All New Camry has an efficient 2.5 liter petrol engine under its hood which delivers a whopping 201 bhp and teams up with an E-CVT or Electronically Controlled Continuous variable transmission that offers a best mileage.
Indian car lovers usually have a mindset that cars that have a luxurious appeal and look bigger in size would be an expensive one or might gobble up a lot of money on fuel. However, car manufacturers have decided to break their mindset by offering a viable solution by offering fuel efficient luxury sedans which are not heavy on their owner’s wallet. Toyota Kirloskar Motor is one such manufacturer who has put an end to the expensive and fuel consuming luxury sedans in the Indian car segment by introducing the All New Camry to offer a comfortable driving segment and a lower consumption of fuel.
Toyota Camry is a best selling car from the stable of Toyota Motor Corporation. This car hit the Indian car market in the year 2002 and has been a best selling vehicle since then. This premium sedan is the seventh generation to roll out from Toyota’s factory and the firm expects that it would do well in the global market than its previous ones. The earlier versions of sedan are known for its array of safety features, classy comfort and smooth driving ability. So, will this luxury sedan grab a major share of sales from its rivals? The team of experts at Ecardlr decides to get behind the steering wheel to find out more about this luxury vehicle.
The magnificent vehicle from the house of Toyota, arrives with a powerful 2.5 liters petrol engine that delivers an impressive amount of torque and power that makes it a good choice for Indian road conditions. This brand new luxury sedan arrives with a perfect blend of passion, power and presence that inherits the performance and fame of Camry. The impressive wide body design, performance oriented aerodynamic technology, well contoured body, brand new roofline and a spacious headroom well defines the car’s dynamic character. This sedan does not reach the Indian markets by the CBU route or Completely Built Up route as it is assembled at its manufacturing center at Bangalore. As the Japanese manufacturer’s input costs are cut down, the sedan is offered at a competitive rate, which is much lower than its competitors in the market. In addition, the firm has offered Camry in beautiful shades like black, silver, beige, dark green and super white, which makes it look lively and elegant.
Toyota has endowed the exteriors of this sedan in a glorious way that makes it look captivating. The designers at Toyota have created a flawless design that makes the exterior look urbane and much different than its previous versions. This sedan of 7th generation flaunts an uber sharp design and to begin with, it flaunts a trendy grille on its front with a generous dose of chrome on it. In addition, the grille has a V shaped look offered by 6 horizontal slats. The huge headlight cluster is now replaced by the High Intensity Discharge lights in angular design that arrives with a auto level system and a washer. The swept back look of the headlights offers a splendid look to this luxury car. The body colored bumper on its front also has undergone an angular look and teams up with the head lamp washers. It also is studded with a pair of fog lamps in round shape that are housed by chrome covers. The wider air dam occupies the bumper’s lower end and is in black shade that compliments the beauty of this premium sedan. The bulging bonnet is a standout feature and it has line sin a flowing pattern that blends well with the radiator grille in chrome finish.
The side frame of this sedan flaunts a slim look with an A pillar and the rear view mirrors on the outside have LED lights that makes it highly beneficial while turning. In addition, the foldable door handles also have liberal dose of chrome and the strip of chrome that runs along the board of its doors adds up to the decorative value. Toyota has also offered well pronounced wheel arches that can hold the light alloy wheels with a 10 spoke tubeless tyres that adds to its sporty look. The rear end of the sedan has a flat look and wears a angular look and has a tail lamp cluster is studded with the LED light and have a rectangular shape that extends further to the boot lid. Other factors worth mentioning are the chrome garnish at the rear and the exhaust pipe with chrome plating that enhances the rear look of the sedan.
Apart from the sleek looking exterior features, the firm has made sure that its interiors flaunt a luxurious look and scream of comfortability. The expert team at Ecardlr feels that Camry’s interior space is more than enough for holding five tall adults. The spacious seats at the rear are highly comfy and roomy enough to let its occupants travel at ease. Toyota has bestowed this sedan with plush seats of leather that are very soft and comfy to assure a relaxing driving experience. The adjustable driver’s seat enables you to adjust it in 8 ways and it also has a lumbar support that enables you to choose a best option. Back seat occupants can enjoy a comfortable ride as there is a center arm rest that also has a cup holder plus a trunk that are wrapped in durable wooden finish. The parking brake, lever to change the gear and steering wheel are draped in high quality of upholstery made of leather that enhances the interiors of this aristocratic vehicle.
The multifunctional steering wheel is embedded with button controls for audio and phone that offers full control to the driver. The padded door trims also have a finish in wood which makes it look regal. The seats at the front have some storage space while the cowl has a leather trim and the dashboard is engulfed in stitched materials that contribute to the sedan’s glamour. The LED personal lamps are found on the front and at the back and it is connected with the opening of its door. There are 2 cup holders at the front and other 2 at the back in this car. The firm has also offered this vehicle with a well integrated digital clock, a power outlet of 12 V to make the life of its occupants much easier. The classy interior also sports an intelligent illumination package such as chrome finish in inside door handles, fade off smart lamp, foot well lamps, luggage room lamp, fuel lid opener (inner) and remote boot release. The spacious seating arrangement of this sedan bestows enough thigh room, shoulder space, head room, elbow room and knee room for the passengers. The leg room also is very huge that offers a better driving experience for all its occupants. With a dimension of 4825 mm length and 1825 mm width along with a height of 1480 mm, it has a best ground clearance of 160 mm, which helps this premium vehicle to glide on Indian roads in a smooth manner. This sedan also possesses a short turning radius of 5.7 meters, which makes it best for traffic packed streets.
The company has also blessed Camry with an affable 2 DIN audio system that flaunts a touch screen display with FM tuner, DVD MP3 player. This audio system also has 6 speakers, USB & Bluetooth connectivity and remote control. It also has a car information system that offers updated data about to car to the driver. The boot compartment is packed with a spare wheel and tools to help the owner change a tyre easily.
The safety features of Toyota Camry includes sonar at the back that teams up with a illustrative display to overcome the menaces during parking, immobilizer with alarm and warning to remind about smart key. It also has SRS airbags on the front seats and passenger seats, fuel cut off feature, auto door lock that functions by sensing the speed, brake assist, EBD and ABS that redefines the braking system.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The performance of Camry’s engine is decent but our experts feel that it lags a bit in power. Toyota has equipped an advanced 2.5 liter engine which is a 4 cylinder and 2 AR FE based one that is fitted with 16 valves. The advanced petrol engine arrives with a Dual Over Head Cam shift along with chain drive and has dual VVTi or Variable Valve timing intelligence. The engine can displace power of 2494 cc and 233 Nm torque at 4100 rpm and provides 178.5 bhp at 6000 rpm. This influential engine teams up with the 6 speed auto transmission gear box along with the sequential shift to enjoy a best driving experience.
Toyota claims that with this engine under the hood, its sedan can produce a whopping amount of 10.2 kmpl when you drive the car on the heavy traffic city roads or lanes and provide a mileage of about 12.98 kmpl on bigger roads or on highways, which is a reasonable one. It also is loaded with a impressive start and stop ignition feature to save the fuel while increasing the sedan’s mileage. This enigmatic sedan van reach a mark of 1 kmph to 100 kmph in just 7.8 seconds that promises a thrilling drive for the occupants and its top speed is around 185 kmph.
Suspension and Braking
Toyota has equipped the Camry with a high performing disc braking mechanism on the front wheels while the rear tyres have solid disc brakes. In addition, this sedan is further bestowed with a brake assist feature and electronic brake force distribution that improves the braking ability of this sedan when driving it on roads that are wet or slippery. It also has a efficient mechanism system that is similar to the McPherson strut along with a front axle featuring a stabilizer bar that helps it to strive well on bumpy roads while offering a comfortable feel to the passengers. Our experts felt that as Camry is designed to offer a better comfort, its handling ability isn’t phenomenal. However, there is a bit of shaky feeling when going on a bad road.
If you are ready to splash a good sum of money for a fuel efficient luxury sedan that has a high performing petrol engine and flaunts stylish and attractive exteriors, then Camry is the vehicle that you must choose. It has some best safety features, comfortable interiors and remains in a stable manner even at top speeds. It is available at Rs. 29.75 lakhs (ex-showroom price, Delhi) which makes it a bit expensive.