Mus­cles up

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Both cars fea­ture the clear three-dial Op­titron dash panel, with a six-speaker au­dio sys­tem and a 6.1-inch touch-screen dis­play, an eco driv­ing in­di­ca­tor, du­al­zone auto cli­mate con­trol air­con­di­tion­ing, smart en­try wire­less door lock, smart start, acous­tic wind­screen and a re­vers­ing cam­era.

A hy­brid sys­tem in­di­ca­tor in the multi-in­for­ma­tion dis­play shows en­ergy flow and cruis­ing range.

The classy fin­ish­ing touches in­clude brushed sil­ver inserts and switches, at­trac­tive stitch­ing and soft­touch pad­ding

Space­wise, repo­si­tion­ing of the bat­tery has freed up more space in the boot, which will now hold 421 litres, up from 389.

The new seat de­sign and door trims also have given

THE DRIVE

If ever there was a Camry to shed its “white goods” im­age, it’s the new Hy­brid. It’s the new flag­ship of the range and the sporti­est. It qui­etly zooms to 100km/h in 8.0 sec­onds, about a sec­ond quicker than the out­go­ing model, and has the han­dling qual­i­ties of a sports sa­loon.

We swished through the wind­ing ter­rain of Tas­ma­nia’s Ta­mar Val­ley with aplomb and mar­velled at the car’s agility, a word not nor­mally at­trib­uted to a Camry.

The elec­tric steer­ing was a tad light, but gave good feed­back and in­creased body rigid­ity and the use of low-rolling re­sis­tance tyres added to the han­dling ben­e­fits.

The car’s fin­ish has also been lifted, with shut­lines of 3 to 3.5mm, as op­posed to the pre­vi­ous 5mm, mak­ing it com­pa­ra­ble to a Lexus in that re­gard.

It’s also com­mend­ably quiet in­side, thanks to the acous­tic glass wind­screen and other noise-ab­sorb­ing ma­te­ri­als.

The new Camry Hy­brid and HL went on sale on March 22.

VER­DICT

Yes, please! * Con­tact Pa­cific Toy­ota on Mul­grave Rd for the lat­est drive-away prices, phone 4030 7444.

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