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The Toyota Camry Hybrid facelift has been launched in Japan, shortly after the regular Camry facelift made its world debut at the 2014 Moscow Motor Show.

Visually, there’s not much separating the regular Camry from the Camry Hybrid, other than Hybrid Synergy Drive badging on the rear, a Hybrid badge on the front wings, and a blue glow on the Toyota logos.

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The engine continues to be the 2.5 litre combustion engine version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive II system (the Prius uses a 1.8 litre combustion engine system), found also in Lexus cars such as the ES 300h.

The system’s 2AR-FXE 2.5 litre Atkinson cycle four cylinder can do 160 PS and 213 Nm on its own, but in the THS II system it’s coupled with an electric motor combo that can produce 143 PS and 270Nm of torque. The combined output that can be generated by both power sources via the torque split device is 205 PS.

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In the facelift car, fuel economy has improved from 23.4 km/L (JC08 cycle) to 25.4 km/L, but this is only for the base model which has fuel economy strategies such as smaller 16 inch alloy wheels. The higher end variants use larger 17 inch wheels and keep the same 23.4 km/L economy rating.

The Camry Hybrid facelift gains the Camry facelift’s new instrument cluster as well, so the new colour multi-info display can display the Hybrid Synergy Drive system’s status in a more interesting way since it’s in colour, as opposed to a simple low resolution monochrome in the pre-facelift car.

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According to our sources, the Camry Hybrid’s introduction in Malaysia as a CKD hybrid with tax exemption has been pushed to 2015, instead of the original target launch time of by the end of this year.

Thus, we might be getting the Camry Hybrid in facelift form instead of the pre-facelift model that we’ve already seen at JPJ and driving around public roads with a registered number plate. UMW Toyota previously indicated a price tag of close to RM200k.

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