Toy­ota Camry

The world’s best-sell­ing saloon re­turns to the UK to take on the likes of the Ford Mon­deo On sale Early 2019 Price from £30,000 (est)

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AF­TER AN AB­SENCE of 14 years ,toy­ota is bring­ing the Camry ex­ec­u­tive saloon back to the UK. It will ll the void left by the Aven­sis, which was with­drawn from show­rooms in 2016 due to dwin­dling sales.

The Camry is larger and more up­mar­ket than the Aven­sis – it’s roughly the same size as the BMW 5 Se­ries – and it’s be­ing of­fered only as a petrol-elec­tric hy­brid. It will com­pete against the Ford Mon­deo and Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat, both of which are pop­u­lar with com­pany car driv­ers.

Power is sup­plied by a 2.5-litre petrol en­gine and an elec­tric mo­tor – a com­bi­na­tion we’ve al­ready seen in the RAV4 Hy­brid.the Camry is ca­pa­ble of reach­ing 62mph from rest in a claimed 8.3sec, with a top speed of 112mph.

Toy­ota quotes a CO2 out­put of 98g/km and av­er­age fuel econ­omy of 67.3mpg (based on the old NEDC test cy­cle) for a car with 17in wheels, com­pared with the Mon­deo Hy­brid’s 108g/km and 58.9mpg.

Al­though the Camry is based on the same un­der­pin­nings as the Auris, Prius and Rav4, toy­ota says its han­dling has been tuned for the Euro­pean mar­ket to make it en­gag­ing to drive.

The in­te­rior fea­tures a large head-up dis­play to put cru­cial in­for­ma­tion such as speed and sat-nav in­struc­tions closer to eye level, as well as an 8.0in touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and a 7.0in info dis­play be­tween the di­als. Plenty of soft­touch ma­te­ri­als are used, along with ei­ther wood-ef­fect or satin chrome in­serts.

New rear sus­pen­sion has re­duced the amount of in­tru­sion into the boot, re­sult­ing in a larger ca­pac­ity of 524 litres – signi cantly more than that of the Mon­deo Hy­brid (which is a saloon, un­like other mod­els) and Pas­sat.

Prices are ex­pected to start at around £30,000, mak­ing the Camry about £3000 cheaper than the plug-in hy­brid Pas­sat GTE (which is tem­po­rar­ily off sale due to new WLTP emis­sions test­ing) and the same amount more than the Mon­deo Hy­brid.

Camry is larger and more up­mar­ket than old Aven­sis

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