One of the world's largest running nameplates - the Toyota Camry, gets its generational update at the 2023 LA Auto Show. The car has been in business since 1982. 9-Gen Camry will be underpinned by Toyota's TNGA-K platform, which also underpinned the earlier generation. In a move towards greater efficiency, the Japanese automaker has opted to replace the previous V6 engine with a 2.5L inline four-cylinder petrol engine that boasts a hybrid system.
Dimension-wise, the Camry is almost similar to the earlier version; its the aesthetic changes that differentiate it. The updated exterior receives a new front fascia with subtle inputs. Two fresh paint options - Ocean Gem and Heavy Metal will also be sold along with the existing colours. On the inside, XLE and XSE trims have a 12.3-inch display, whereas the standard version has a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen. In terms of features, the Camry will come equipped with a wireless smartphone charger, dual-zone automatic climate control system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Camry gets Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, which provides safety features like a pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure assist, road sign assistance, automatic high beams, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid engine has been tuned a bit to produce a total power output of 225bhp from 208bhp. The engine will be paired with a CVT gearbox. Camry will be either available in the FWD option or an AWD option. The FWD option gets two electric motors at the front axle that combine to produce 225bhp. In comparison, the third motor on the rear axle produces 232bhp and sends power to all four wheels, making it an AWD option.
India's launch of Camry is yet to be known. But, with the growing demand for more efficient cars, the Camry will certainly find its buyers, hopefully. However, with the increased taxation on hybrid cars in India, the adaptation is limited. To read more on taxation on automobiles, click here.