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)
p1hy6brid saloon offers comfort and value
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 It will ll the void left by the Avensis, which was withdrawn from showrooms in 2016 due to dwindling sales.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