The new Toyota Camry Hybrid, making its European debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, combines stylish design and superior comfort levels with the high efficiency of Toyota’s latest generation self-charging hybrid powertrain
The shift in market focus away from diesel powertrains has paved the way for the re-introduction of the Camry in Western Europe after an absence of 14 years.
Strengthening Toyota’s presence in the D/E saloon segment, it is a unique proposition thanks to its powerful, self-charging hybrid electric powertrain. Its arrival expands Toyota’s European hybrid line-up to eight models.
The all-new Camry is the eighth generation of a car that has won many awards and distinctions since it first went on sale in 1982. Today it is sold in more than 100 countries and has amassed more than 19 million worldwide sales. With current annual sales of more than 700,000 units, it remains the best-selling D/E-segment saloon in the world.
The all-new model builds on the core values that have historically made Camry so popular – segment-leading levels of quality, durability and reliability, quietness and ride quality – with head-turning new exterior and interior design, outstanding comfort and roominess, state-of-the-art powertrain technology and new-found levels of driving pleasure.
The latest generation Camry showcases the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) design and engineering philosophy. Applied to every aspect of the vehicle and its powertrain, TNGA places enthusiast-oriented ‘fun to drive’ characteristics and alluring styling on an equal footing with superlative build quality, highly efficient packaging, advanced technology and strong environmental performance.
SLEEK EXTERIOR DESIGN
The new Camry Hybrid’s styling has a bold and distinctive appearance that seamlessly melds athletic accents and creases in the sheet metal.
The front displays a strong evolution of Toyota’s current design principles. A slim and deep upper grille emphasises the Toyota emblem and incorporates thin LED headlight clusters at its extremities. The large, trapezoidal lower grille occupies almost the full width of the bumper area. Only the bumper side corners remain, sandwiching the grille in a manner reminiscent of the twin hulls of a catamaran and emphasising the car’s wide track and purposeful stance.
The lower grille features horizontal bars which strengthen the visual power of the catamaran-themed design and add both power and prestige to the wide, low frontal styling.
In profile, the low bonnet and roofline combine with a low belt line to give the appearance of a cabin pulled downwards into the body, visually lowering the new Camry’s centre of gravity even further.
The cabin combines an extended roofline with compact side glazing that fits within the wheelbase to create a stylish, sporting appearance. The rear half of the cabin tapers inwards, tucked between broad, protruding shoulders above the rear wheel arches. Below, bumper-enveloping ‘aero’ corners flow from all-LED rear light clusters to further emphasise the wide, dynamic stance.
ERGONOMIC AND PREMIUM CABIN SPACE
The new Camry’s interior has been designed with a fusion of function, style and craftsmanship.
The sensuous curves of the dashboard combine an ergonomically ideal, driver-focused cockpit with spacious, comfortable passenger accommodation. Together, the seamless component layout, fine-crafted textures and consistency in the use of materials create a high-quality cabin.
The audio system, air-conditioning control panel and eight-inch multimedia display are fully integrated into the flush, piano black surface of the centre console.
The Human Machine Interface (HMI) design features a trio of easy-to-read, information co-ordinating displays: a 10-inch colour head-up display; a seven-inch driver’s multi-information display; and an eight-inch centre console display incorporating the latest version of Toyota’s Touch 2 multimedia system.
The switchgear has been completely redesigned for improved functionality, appearance and tactility. Seamless texture and finish quality throughout the instrument panel epitomises the Camry’s interior precision.
Virtually every surface is finished in high-quality soft-touch padding, supple leather, elegant wood grain mouldings or a new satin chrome trim. A new Tiger Eye ornamentation trim is available, offering a sense of depth and shine that varies with the viewing angle, in the manner of a tiger’s eye gemstone.
Fabric and leather upholstery options are available, in two colour schemes: Beige (leather), which combines a dark grey carpet and upper dashboard with two shades of beige; and Black (fabric or leather), which highlights the cabin’s new satin chrome accents.
In response to the enhanced handling agility delivered by the new GA-K platform, the front seats have been redesigned to offer high comfort and great lateral holding ability. Replicating the design of the front seats, rear seating is available in two formats: 60:40 split –folding seats, or 40:20:40 power reclining seats with wide headrests and a large rear seat centre armrest.
The power reclining seat format is available with a touch control panel built into the front of the centre armrest, so occupants can adjust the air conditioning, audio system, and seat reclining functions.
The adoption of a new rear double wishbone suspension system reduces shock absorber incursion into the loadspace. Maximum luggage capacity is thus 524 litres.
NEW 2.5-LITRE HYBRID ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN
The new Camry Hybrid’s 2.5-litre self-charging hybrid electric powertrain combines fuel efficiency, low emissions and quiet operation with more power and greater responsiveness.
It delivers 215bhp/160kW and CO2 emissions from as low as 98g/km, with combined cycle fuel consumption of only 67.3mpg1.
The new 2.5-litre, four-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine provides high power output with smooth and highly refined operation, and boasts world-class maximum thermal efficiency of 41 per cent. It incorporates an array of Toyota advanced technologies, including Dual VVT-i with VVT-iE variable valve-timing with electric motor and D-4S direct fuel injection for optimal power, emissions performance and fuel efficiency.
The Toyota Hybrid System (THS II) includes new Sequential Shiftmatic technology that allows the driver to make “gearshifts,” mimicking the style of a quick-shifting, six-speed automatic transmission.
ENGAGING DRIVING DYNAMICS
Camry’s all-new, TNGA-based GA-K platform is key to its greater dynamic abilities and superior ride quality. Its qualities that help deliver an engaging drive are increased torsional rigidity, a new rear-double wishbone suspension and a significantly lowered centre of gravity.
The lightweight, highly rigid body shell offers a substantial, 30 per cent increase in torsional rigidity over the previous model. A new, four-point engine mounting system has been designed to not only dramatically reduce engine vibration, but also further increase the vehicle’s overall rigidity and handling stability.
New suspension consisting of a MacPherson strut system at the front and a new double wishbone layout at the rear has been engineered to not only give superior stability and flatter cornering, but also to deliver premium ride quality that surpasses other vehicles in its class.
The GA-K platform is designed to give a low centre of gravity, which results in a more engaging driving position and more precise and responsive handling with less body roll. As a result, the overall vehicle height and bonnet height have been reduced and the cabin floor has been lowered.
INCREASED SAFETY LEVELS
The new Camry Hybrid comes as standard with Toyota Safety Sense, a set of active safety technologies designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations.
It benefits from Pre-Collision Safety (PCS) with a Pedestrian Detection function, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with steering assist, Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Road Sign Assist (RSA).
Further driver support and safety-enhancing systems include a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), front and rear corner clearance sonars, a parking monitor with parking guidelines, and a full suite of braking and traction control systems.
Camry’s body structure is designed to absorb front, side and rear impacts, dispersing collision energy to help prevent deformation of the high-strength cabin area. A new ‘floating-island’ bonnet inner structure and a cowl louvre impact-absorbing structure contribute to first class pedestrian protection.
1 Based on Regulation EC 2017/1153 as amended EC
2017/1231 – pending final homologation.
NEW TOYOTA CAMRY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
|Toyota Hybrid System|
|Full system output (bhp/kW)||215/160|
|Max. power (bhp/kW @ rpm)||175/130 @ 6,000|
|Max. torque (Nm @ rpm)||221 @ 3,600-5,200|
|Acceleration 0-62mph (sec)||8.3|
|Max. speed (mph)||112|
|Combined cycle (NEDC correlated, mpg)||17in wheel||67.3|
|Combined cycle (NEDC correlated, g/km)||17in wheel||98|
|Kerb weight (min-max, kg)||1,595-1,635|
|Overall length (mm)||4,885|
|Overall width (mm)||1,840|
|Overall height (mm)||1,445|
|Boot capacity (litres, VDA)||524|
1 Based on Regulation EC 2017/1153 as amended EC 2017/1231 – pending final homologation.
NB: UK market specifications and details will be confirmed later and may vary from the information in this press kit