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
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.
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