It’s time for Sam Loo to go green again – the Toyota Camry Hybrid has been sighted by our spyman ApexKit at JPJ, complete with a fresh registered number plate no less.
Last we heard, the Toyota Camry Hybrid will be locally assembled, which means this car will qualify for duty exemptions for hybrid cars under the 2014 NAP, which is set to last until the end of 2015. Last we heard, it is expected to be priced a little higher than the current range-topping Camry 2.5V, which costs RM181k.
The previous NAP’s tax breaks for CBU hybrid cars have ended, so you can’t buy the Prius and Prius C anymore, not at affordable prices anyway.
The Camry Hybrid has some additional aerodynamic features over the regular Camry, such as the ‘vortex generators‘ shown above integrated into the wing mirror mounts, designed to help with cruising aerodynamics. Airflow improving ‘aero-corners’ are strategically placed in front of the front wheels and behind the rear wheels.
The new two-piece front grille design uses a smaller upper grille and a larger lower grille that improve cooling efficiency by enhancing aerodynamic flow via reduced resistance. And of course, there’s the Hybrid Synergy Drive badging at the rear.
The hybrid system is similiar to the one found in the Lexus ES 300h, comprising of a 160 PS/213 Nm 2.5 litre 2AR-FXE single VVT-i Atkinson cycle petrol engine and a 143 PS/270 Nm electric motor, all of which send power to the wheels via an eCVT system.
Total system output for the Hybrid Synergy Drive system in the Camry Hybrid is 205 PS, allowing a century sprint time of 8.6 seconds, 1.1 seconds faster than the Camry 2.5V‘s 9.7 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at an average 19.6 km per litre.
The Camry Hybrid also includes a new Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control (S-VSC) system that adjusts power, the electric power steering and braking to retain driver control of the car.
We’ll leave you with a gallery of the Camry Hybrid from the car’s preview at KLIMS13 last year. We’ll be back with more news on the car’s launch date as soon as we can.