2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Camry’s redesign is anything but subtle, as virtually every piece of metal is new. This new look will add a feeling of aggressiveness to the hybrid sedan lacking since its original debut. Its hood will be 1.6 inches lower, helping with aerodynamics and giving it a more presence versus the outgoing model. The Camry is the best-selling passenger car in the US by a rather big margin. Ever since 2011 sales increased each year until 2015 when it peaked at nearly 430,000 cars a year. In 2017 it sold slightly less due to the trend of buying crossovers instead of sedans. However, Toyota is not phased by this trend. Not that long ago they released the brand new 2019 Toyota Camry which is not just a mild facelift like some said. In fact, the new Camry is a brand new vehicle based on Toyota’s newest modular architecture. It shares this chassis with the new Prius as well as the upcoming RAV4. Unlike the older car which had to be confined by the size of its platform, thanks to the modular design of the TNGA, the new 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid is larger and has considerably nicer proportions than before.
The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a major risk for the Japanese company. Well, the rule usually says to leave the thing that works unchanged. This has been used by many manufacturers so far, but Toyota wanted to stand out. We have to say that they also managed to do just that. The new 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid is definitely new. The front end is quite aggressive with a large air intake in the bumper and a smaller, but still good-looking, grille. The headlights are swept back while the hood has ridges that provide a really great look. The car’s rear end is also quite interesting. Instead of going for an evolution of the older model, it seems that Toyota took inspiration from Alfa Romeo and that is not a bad thing.
The car sports large tail lights that wrap around the rear, the roof is arched towards the back with a large rear window and a rather small trunk lid. All of these make for a four-door coupe look which makes it unique in its class at this point. The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE and XSE models can also be had with an appearance package which will add quad exhausts, a rear spoiler, black roof, larger wheels, a rear diffuser and a new front bumper as well. Things are considerably better here as well. There is still plenty of space for up to five people. This time around though the driving position is lower, the visibility is better and the materials have improved quite a bit. The dashboard features a flowing design which continues towards the rear passengers through the center console. The instrument cluster is clearly laid out while all the controls can easily be accessed by the driver.
Under the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid hood will be a next-generation Toyota Hybrid System, which features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric drive units. Unfortunately, horsepower and torque specs are not available yet. The unit will mate with a continuously variable transmission with simulated six-speed sequential shift mode. Toyota expects to achieve best-in-class fuel economy. In terms of safety, the car will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist and auto high beams. The current car is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ vehicle, and we expect this to continue to be the case for 2019.
The SE is the trim level most people are going to get. At $25,200 this offers pretty much everything one would need from a car. Things like an automatic climate control, a color display inside the instrument cluster, sport front seats and a sporty steering wheel as well as blacked out interior inserts are all standard. The second performance-oriented model is the XSE. Despite its similar name, this trim level starts at $29,000, and it is the car’s most expensive one. This is because it comes with a lot of features over the regular models. As standard, there is a quad-exhaust system, different blacked out inserts inside the cabin, nicer sports seats as well as leather or suede upholstery. This particular model also comes with larger wheels and brakes and a tweaked suspension system for the best available driving experience. Unlike the others, this trim level can also be had with a 301 horsepower naturally aspirated V6 which will push the price closer to $35,000 making the 2019 toyota Camry Hybrid quite a bit more expensive than its predecessor.