Toyota Camry Review
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Toyota Camry is rated as one of the most polished sedans from Toyota Motors. The elite sedan is into production since 1982 and during this period it has got many improvements and upgrades across the globe. The existing Camry in India is the ‘XV40’model that started its sales in 2007. At the 2012 Delhi Expo the company unveiled a face-lifted New Toyota Camry that will soon be a part of Japanese operations in India replacing the present one.
The New Toyota Camry will assist the company to re-collect its lost pride in the D-segment. It will be fighting for space with the likes of Skoda Superb, Volkswagen Passat and Nissan Tiena. The Toyota ‘beyond excellence’ sedan is expected to fall in the range of INR 22 Lakh to INR 24 Lakh (Ex showroom, Delhi).
The new Toyota Camry XV50 model that is currently available in United States comes with a new face and a major uplift is given to the interiors of the sedan. The front has got new pair of projector beam halogen headlamps, while the spectacular appearing front grille looks more premium with more chrome inserts, while the earlier was also not bad either. There are newly crafted wider-looking front bumpers that have clearer fog lamps engraved. The fascia appears a bit similar to the ongoing Honda Accord and Honda Civic. While there are some highlighted cues on the bonnet and on the sides of the exquisite sedan.
The interior space of the cabin is ‘huge’, while the fabric and leather upholstery used is superbly stitched on the seats. The dashboard looks magnificent and has features like large optitron multi display along with modern 6 CD changer audio/music system that has aux-in and USB feature and a dual zone climate control air-conditioner. The leather wrapped tilt-telescopic adjustable steering wheel has most of the controls mounted on it like cruise control, AC control and audio control. The safety aspects include 6-airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist along with vehicle stability control aspect. The other advanced security features include head impact protection along with an innovative WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening) element that results in fewer injuries at the time of any mishap.
The 2012 Camry holds new 2.5L, 4-cylinder, DOHC 16Valve dual VVT-I petrol power train that is capable to yield a maximum output of nearly 178 PS at 6000 rpm besides utmost torque of around 230 Nm at 4100 rpm. The latest engine developed on an advanced fuel efficient technology is mated to a 6-speed Manual Transmission (MT), while a 6-speed Automatic Transmission (AT) is also expected to be made available after its launch in the country.
Toyota Camry Mileage and fuel efficiency
The Toyota Camry premium sedan carries an advanced 2.4L, 4-cylinder, DOHC petrol engine at its heart that comes incorporated with a highly fuel efficient VVT-I (Variable Valve Timing – Intelligence) technology that delivers a considerably high fuel economy in both manual and automatic transmission versions. The VVT-I technology not only decrease the fuel consumption of the engine of the car but also ensures a superior performance of the engine. While the manual transmission version of the car delivers a mileage of 9.0 Km per liter (on city roads) and 11.9 Km per liter (on highway), the automatic transmission version is slightly lesser fuel efficient at 7.8 Km per liter (on city roads) and 10.8 Km per liter (on highway). The mileage of the car is comparatively higher in its segment against the likes of Honda Accord and Nissan Teana.
Meanwhile, the company is all set to launch a new version of the Camry which is expected to be offered with a 2550 cc petrol engine and a highly advanced six speed petrol engine.
Toyota Camry Models and Features
The Toyota Camry is currently available in four variants in the Indian market, details of which are given below: -
|Toyota Camry MT||This is the base version of the Camry sedan that is powered by a 2.4 litre of DOHC petrol engine and come incorporated with a five speed manual transmission. The major attractions of the car include Dual Zone Automatic AC incorporated with Plasmacluster & Minus Generator, 6-CD in-dash with Psychoacoustics and MP3, WMA compatible with Aux-in, 8-way power drive seat with lumbar support with 4-way power front passenger seat, Audio Rain Sensing Wipers, steering mounted controls for Audio, AC and MID. The car is blessed with a range of new age safety features including Antilock Braking System- ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution- EBD and Brake Assist.|
|Toyota Camry MT with Moon-Roof||It features the same stuff as available in the base version except the addition of a moon-roof.|
|Toyota Camry AT||This is the base automatic transmission version of the Camry sedan that comes powered by a 2.4 litre of DOHC petrol engine along with a sophisticated five speed automatic transmission (which is an Electronically Controlled Transmission). It is expected that the new 2012 Toyota Camry will be powered by a 2550 cc petrol engine with a six speed automatic transmission. Besides having all the features available in the base Camry model, the Camry AT also carries some additional features including Cruise Control, Rear AC vents, and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).|
|Toyota Camry AT with Moon-Roof||This is the top end variant of the Toyota Camry that is featured with a fascinating a moon-roof besides having all the features of Camry AT.|
Toyota Camry Engine, power and performance
As mentioned above, the Toyota Camry carries a 2.4 litre of DOHC petrol engine at is available in both manual and automatic transmission versions. While the automatic transmission version of the car comes incorporated with an electronically controlled five speed automatic transmission, the manual version is carries a five speed manual gearbox. The 2.4 litre of DOHC petrol engine of the car delivers a peak power of 167 PS of peak power at 6000 rpm and 22.8 kgm of top torque at 4000 rpm. The car takes just 7.8 seconds to break the speed barrier of 100 km per hour.
However, the upcoming 2012 Toyota Camry will come powered by a more powerful 2500 cc DOHC VVT-i petrol engine that will be delivering a peak output of 178.5 bhp at 6000 rpm along with a top torque of 23.55 kgm at 4100 rpm. Moreover, the existing five speed and automatic transmission versions will be replaced by new six speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Toyota Camry Pickup and acceleration
Both manual and automatic transmission versions of the Toyota Camry deliver exceptional Pick up and acceleration on the Indian roads. The car takes just 7.8 seconds to break the speed barrier of 100 km per hour. Both Pick-up and acceleration of the car are quick responsive and offer a superb performance on the Indian road conditions. However, it is expected that the upcoming Camry 2012 will be delivering comparatively higher pick-up and it will come loaded with a moiré powerful 2500 cc DOHC VVT-i petrol engine that deliver peak power of 178 .5 bhp at 6000 rpm along with a top torque of 23.55 kgm at 4100 rpm.
Toyota Camry Interiors and Features
The interior designing of the Toyota Camry 2012 is top class and is loaded with a range of new age styling, comfort, convenience and entertainment features. The car comes equipped with an 8-way power drive seat with lumbar support with 4-way power front passenger seat offer a comfortable ride to both passengers as well as driver.
A user friendly information display inside the car keeps the driver up to date with the details like mileage, cruising range and even average driving speed. The high-tech music system of the car includes 6-CD in-dash with Psychoacoustics and MP3, WMA compatible with Aux-in. The electro-chromatic inside rear view mirror placed inside the cabin of the Toyota Camry eradicates blinding glares from the vehicles coming behind by detecting the bright and ambient light, offering a clear vision to the driver while driving in night.
The other major attractions inside the car include Audio, AC and MID controls mounted on steering, Zone Automatic AC incorporated with Plasmacluster & minus Generator and Rear AC vents. There are ample storage spaces inside the car for mobile phones, sun glasses, MP3 players, CDs and cups.
The upcoming 2012 Toyota Camry model will be carrying an improved interior with more stress on passenger comfort, convenience and safety. The car will be coming with a more spacious interior, carrying better legroom, headroom and shoulder room.
Toyota Camry Exterior and Features
The all new Toyota Camry 2012, which was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2012, is blessed with a superb blend of traditional and contemporary designing at the exterior front. The front profile of the car has been made extra elegant by offering a combination of artistic chrome grille, bold and beautiful fog lamps with sleekly designs hood and bumper. On the other hand side profile of the car is blessed with stylish 10 spoke 16 inches of alloy wheels and side mirrors mounted with LED lights. The curves and sharp edges flow to the back portions of the car offering a sleek and decent rear road presence.
When it comes to exterior features, the Toyota Camry is known for its basket full of segment exclusive features. The Front multi-reflector projector beam halogen headlamps are incorporated with auto-leveling feature that ensures clear vision for the driver in low light or foggy conditions. The advanced fog lamps of the Camry model make sure that the rod users get clear visibility of the car, no matter what the weather conditions are. The rain sensing wipers of the car start helping the driver in keeping the vision clear as soon as it sensed that it is raining. The availability of the moon-roof in the higher versions add glitter to the gold by offering pleasant view of the sky, while at the same time offering a specious look of interior of the car.
While designing the Camry, the Toyota designers have made sure that both drive and passengers have pleasantly specious interior with a number of storage spaces. The dimensions of the car are as follows – length is 4815mm; Width is 1820mm, and height of1480mm.
Toyota Camry Driving and Handling
Loaded with a number of advanced braking systems along with an advanced suspension system, the Toyota Camry is perfectly suitable to the Indian road conditions. While the front suspension is Mac Pherson Strut, the rear suspension is Mac Pherson Strut (Dual Link Strut). The front brakes of the Camry are Ventilated disc brakes in combination with Solid disc brakes at the rear. The advanced braking system including Antilock Braking System with EBD-Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist offer a super handling in case of sudden braking. The car body shape is aerodynamically efficient which maintains car’s grip and balance on road on higher speeds. The additional features that further enhance the driving and handling pleasure of the car include Cruise Control, vehicle stability in control etc.
Safety and Features in Toyota Camry
As we have already mentioned in this article, the Toyota Camry comes equipped with a range of new age active and passive safety features including ABS, Antilock Braking System, with EBD, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, and Brake Assist, six airbags (including driver airbag, front co-passenger airbag 2 sides airbag and 2 curtain airbags). The advanced fog lamps of the Camry model ensure clear vision for the driver no matter what the weather conditions are.
The electro-chromatic inside rear view mirror placed inside the cabin of the Toyota Camry eradicates blinding glares from the vehicles coming behind by detecting the bright and ambient light, offering a clear vision to the driver while driving in night. Other safety features of the car include Cruise Control, vehicle stability Control (VSC).
Moreover, the car has been intensively tested in extreme conditions for ensuring full proof safety of the passenger in case of sudden collision.
Toyota Camry Accessories
Being a premium segment sedan, the Camry model comes with a provision of a number of comfort, convenience, safety and styling boosting accessories. Moreover, for the music lovers there are a number of options and one can opt for six speakers, MP3/WMA playback ability with featuring auto sound leveling, BLU Logic hands-free system, connectivity incorporated with auxiliary input jack and USB port with iPod control. Moreover, there is a number of other accessories for which buyer can opt for including different seat covers, car cover, LCD monitor and many more.
Toyota Camry Conclusion
Gradually emerging as a preferred luxury car, the Camry is yet to match the success achieved by its other siblings in Toyota’s India portfolio such as luxury Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) Toyota Fortuner, segment leading Multi Utility Vehicle Toyota Innova and most preferred premium sedan Toyota Corolla Altis.
However, Camry is slowly but surely emerging as one of the most preferred vehicle in the premium class. The company is now looking forward to make the Camry a preferred option among high class corporate and hotel owners, playing a significant role as chauffer driven luxury cars for the pick-up and drop of elite class customers.
It is expected that the upcoming 2012 Toyota Camry will be carrying a number of improvements in terms of power, performance and utility, which will enable the car to fight more promptly for its space from the rivals like Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Teana, etc.
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