Toyota Camry Hybrid: Better Alternative For Diesel Sedans? | by WagenClub.com


The 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid is an interestingly odd car in our car market. It is a petrol-electric hybrid - one of its kind in our market, and so there is no direct rival for this car. Yet, if we go by price, the Camry Hybrid costs around INR 32.24 Lakhs, and so the car positions itself against the likes of three popular diesel-powered executive sedans - Skoda Superb TDI L&K (INR 31.18 Lakhs), Audi A3 35 TDI (INR 35.65 Lakhs), and Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 CDI Sport (INR 34.90 Lakhs). We pit these cars against the Camry Hybrid only because of the idea that the latter may better these cars in fuel economy. It is cheaper in running costs than a regular petrol sedan in its segment, and so the car may win over these expensive diesel sedans as well. But the question is - does it? 
Now just to revise your memory, the Toyota Camry Hybrid is driven by a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 160 hp of power at 5,700 rpm and 213 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. It is aided by an electric motor that draws power from the battery which is charged each time the car accelerates, decelerates, and brakes (using regenerative braking). This results in a combined power output of 205 hp, and the car can run solely on the electric propulsion at speeds up to......

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