Reader Erh Pin has sent us a picture of the Toyota Camry Hybrid on the open road, the same unit that was spotted at JPJ Putrajaya last month. It looks like the car is being tested for type approval, which possibly means that it will make its local market introduction pretty soon.
The Camry Hybrid is expected to be locally assembled to take advantage of the duty exemptions for hybrid cars provided by the 2014 National Automotive Policy (NAP), which is set to last until end-2015. Pricing was last rumoured to be slightly higher than the RM181k range-topping Camry 2.5V.
This particular unit is wearing a bodykit – possibly the same one shown at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) last year – on top of the standard Hybrid-specific aerodynamic addenda, which includes “aero corners” on the front and rear corners and vortex generators on the door mirror mounts.
The hybrid powertrain is derived from the Lexus ES 300h and features a 2.5 litre 2AR-FXE VVT-i Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine that develops 160 PS and 213 Nm, mated to a 143 PS/270 Nm electric motor and an eCVT system that sends power to the front wheels. Total power output is 205 PS, enabling a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 8.6 seconds (1.1 seconds faster than the 2.5V), while fuel consumption is 19.6 km per litre.
We will share launch dates and details of the Malaysian-market Camry Hybrid as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, what do you think of a 205 PS hybrid D-segment Toyota sedan that’s priced somewhere between RM180k-RM200k region? Share us your thoughts in the comments section.