According to recent reports, Toyota is gearing up to launch a hybrid version of the Camry in India this August. In spite of the poor reception that hybrid cars have received in India thus far, Toyota is looking to aggressively promote the Camry hybrid in India and believes that it can sell at least 20-25 Camry hybrids per month, which is about 5 percent of gross Camry sales. The company is planning to assemble the hybrid model in India itself along with its petrol model.
It seems that the hybrid Camry will receive an array of new visual features in order to distinguish it from the petrol version. It gets a new bumper which comes with a broader air vent and newly designed fog lamps with chrome inserting. The front grille also gets a new chrome strip that lends some class to the overall design. The Camry hybrid is also expected to come with bigger 17-inch alloy wheels.
The interiors of the hybrid are also set to get a lot of new features, including a redesigned dashboard and a three-dial instrument cluster. Toyota is also expected to add a new seat fabric in order to enhance the premium quotient of the product.
The hybrid version of the Camry will be powered by a 2.5-litre engine supplemented by an electric motor. An e-CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox is also likely to be added.
The Camry hybrid is likely to come with a price-tag of Rs. 36 lakhs (Ex-showroom) while the petrol version costs only Rs. 24 lakhs (Ex-showroom).