Toyota Camry Hybrid

A trawl through our sister classifieds site threw up a surprise in the form of a listing for the Toyota Camry Hybrid, indicating an imminent launch. The ad (which claims that the order books are open) quoted a price of RM199,990, meaning that the previous indications by UMW Toyota – that the car would be priced slightly higher than the top-spec RM181k Camry 2.5V – were pretty much bang on the money.

Previously previewed at KLIMS 2013 and spotted last year – first at JPJ Putrajaya, then again out on the open road – the Camry Hybrid is expected to be locally-assembled to take advantage of the import and excise duty breaks offered by the government. Unlike the previous tax exemptions for CBU hybrids (which ended in 2013), there is no 2.0 litre displacement limit, meaning that the 2.5 litre Camry will be eligible.


It appears that the Hybrid will arrive here as a facelifted model – although the pictures provided in the ad were solely closeups of the car, the shape of the twin-projector LED headlights, the slim-profile indicators underneath them and the updated instrument cluster with a colour multi-info display mark it out as a revamped unit. Does this mean that a facelift for the regular Camry is also coming soon?

The ad doesn’t have a spec list but from the photos included, we noticed a button to deactivate a Blind Spot Monitor as well as a Qi wireless charging pad next to the gear lever.

Powering the Camry Hybrid is a 160 PS/213 Nm 2AR-FXE 2.5 litre Atkinson-cycle VVTi four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 143 PS/270 Nm electric motor and an eCVT – the same combo as on the Lexus ES 300h. Combined power output is 205 PS, resulting in a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 8.6 seconds (1.1 seconds faster than a Camry 2.5V) and a fuel consumption figure of 19.6 km per litre.