Toyota’s flagship 4-door saloon—Camry Hybrid has been updated for the European markets with subtle styling tweaks and upgraded onboard technology. It is expected to go on sale at the end of this year.
As mentioned, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about its styling changes; the new Camry Hybrid looks almost the same as the one we saw last year. However, if you look again, you’ll notice a re-designed front bumper, where the massive lower grille now looks smaller from some angles. The new design creates an illusion of breaking up the continuous grille, which I think looks better.
The lower grille is available either in Black or Dark Grey finish, while the bezels at the end can be of Chrome or Silver finish. Rounding off the exterior looks are new alloy wheels, available in 17- or 18-inches.
In the updated cabin, the central air vents and the touchscreen have swapped their places, apparently for better visibility and ease of use of the latter. The 9-inch touchscreen is supported with mechanical buttons and dials as well, which is a welcome feature. The touchscreen is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
As for the materials, there’s a new Beige or Black premium leather seat upholstery with herringbone pattern perforations; and two new finishes for the dashboard and centre console—Black Engineered Wood and Titanium Line Pattern.
As for the safety and driver assistance, the new Camry Hybrid gets the latest version of the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes Emergency Steering Assist (ESA), Full Range Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Lane Trace Assist (LTA).
Toyota doesn’t appear to have made any mechanical changes. The Camry Hybrid in Europe is powered by a 2.5-litre (2,487 cc) 4-cylinder petrol engine (A25A-FXS) combined with an 88 kW (120 hp) electric motor at the front, offering a combined 160 kW (218 metric hp). An e-CVT drives the front wheels.