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Apart from the Toyota Previa, the Toyota Camry Hybrid was also on UMW Toyota Motor’s stand at the ongoing KLIMS13. Dubbed a “Malaysian concept”, the sedan features Modellista wheels and a subtle bodykit. That unique colour is borrowed from Lexus, and so is the perforated leather upholstery.

The Toyota Camry Hybrid is intended for local assembly, pending government rulings on possible tax breaks for large-capacity CKD hybrids. As it is, the current tax exemptions for hybrids with engines displacing under 2,000 cc is set to expire at year-end – read the latest in our report of yesterday’s press conference with MITI minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

However, the upcoming National Automotive Policy (NAP) revision is expected to offer more incentives to locally-assembled Energy Efficient Vehicles, regardless of engine displacement.

If all goes well, the 2.5 litre-engined CKD Camry Hybrid should therefore benefit from this; still, it’s expected to be priced a little higher than the current range-topping Camry 2.5V, which costs RM181k.

At the heart of things are a 160 PS/213 Nm 2.5 litre 2AR-FXE single VVT-i Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a 143 PS/270 Nm electric motor and an e-CVT – the same combination can be found in the Lexus ES 300h.

Total output is 205 PS, allowing a century sprint time of 8.6 seconds (2.5V does it in 9.7). Fuel consumption is rated at an average 19.6 km per litre compared to the petrol’s 13.0.

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