Toyota’s flagship sedan, the Camry, has moved to the next iteration in India and the eighth generation luxury car is being offered at Rs 36.95 lakhs, ex-showroom Mumbai. Also known as the XV70 Camry, this car was first unveiled at the NAIAS early in 2017 and was gradually brought into production from mid-2017. The Camry will be sold only with a hybrid powertrain in India and will be offered in one top-of-the-line trim only.
Built on the latest edition of the TNGA-K architecture, Camry sports the latest design language which is almost akin to its premium Lexus cousin, the ES. The sleek flowy body lines have flashy cuts and contours that add character to the car. On the inside, the Camry is laden with tech that ranges from the latest safety features like pre-collision and lane-departure warning with steering assist among other systems. In terms of luxury, an analog-digital instrument console, touchscreen display, power seats, electric sunroof, LED headlamps, parking assist etc. are being offered on the lone top-spec trim.
The Camry will fight it out against premium saloons like the Skoda Superb and the Volkswagen Passat as direct competition in the Indian market. At a price tag of about Rs 40 lakhs on road, there are quite a few options in the Camry money from luxury hatchbacks to full-size SUVs. Firstly, with this kind of money, you could opt for a bigger brand like the Audi A3, the Mercedes-Benz CLA or the B-Class or the Volvo S60. But these cars are much smaller in size and hence, offer lesser comfort.
On the other hand, there are the big-fat burly SUVs like the Fortuner and the Endeavour along with the sleeker options like the Volkswagen Tiguan or the Skoda Kodiaq to match the class and the comfort. Spend a little more and luxury sedans like the Audi A4, the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class are pretty much in your pocket along with SUVs like the Volvo XC40, the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Audi Q3 and the Mini Countryman.