This is the first of two blog articles focusing on important characteristics of the new 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The next article will concentrate on the vehicle’s powertrain and performance.
Camry Hybrid: exterior design
The new Camry Hybrid’s styling has a bold, distinctive appearance that seamlessly melds athletic accents and creases in the sheet metal.
The front displays a strong evolution of Toyota’s current design principles. A slim and deep upper grille emphasises the Toyota emblem and incorporates thin LED headlight clusters at its extremities. The large, trapezoidal lower grille occupies almost the full width of the bumper area, its catamaran shape emphasising the car’s wide track and purposeful stance. The lower grille features horizontal bars that add both power and prestige to the wide, low frontal styling.
In profile, the low bonnet and roofline combine with a low belt line to give the appearance of a cabin pulled downwards into the body, visually lowering the new Camry’s centre of gravity even further.
The cabin combines an extended roofline with compact side glazing that fits within the wheelbase to create a stylish, sporting appearance. The rear half of the cabin tapers inwards, tucked between broad, protruding shoulders above the rear wheel arches. Below, ‘aero’ corners flow from the all-LED rear light clusters into the bumper to further emphasise the wide, dynamic stance.
Camry Hybrid: interior design
The new Camry’s interior has been designed with a fusion of function, style and craftsmanship. The sensuous curves of the dashboard combine an ergonomically ideal, driver-focused cockpit with spacious, comfortable passenger accommodation. Together, the seamless component layout, fine-crafted textures and consistency in the use of materials create a high-quality cabin.
The audio system, air-conditioning control panel and eight-inch multimedia display are fully integrated into the flush, piano black surface of the centre console. The Human Machine Interface design features a trio of easy-to-read displays: a ten-inch colour head-up display, a seven-inch driver’s multi-information display, and an eight-inch centre console display incorporating the latest version of Toyota’s Touch 2 multimedia system.
The switchgear has been completely redesigned for improved functionality, appearance and tactility. Seamless texture and finish quality throughout the instrument panel epitomises the Camry’s interior precision.
Virtually every surface is finished in high-quality soft-touch padding, supple leather, elegant woodgrain mouldings or a new satin chrome trim. A new Tiger Eye ornamentation trim is available, offering a sense of depth and shine that varies with the viewing angle, in the manner of a tiger’s eye gemstone.
Fabric and leather upholstery options are available, in two colour schemes: Beige (leather), which combines a dark grey carpet and upper dashboard with two shades of beige; and Black (fabric or leather), which highlights the cabin’s new satin chrome accents.
In response to the enhanced handling agility delivered by the new GA-K platform, the front seats have been redesigned to offer high comfort and great lateral hold. Replicating the design of the front seats, rear seating is available in two formats: 60:40 split-folding seats, or 40:20:40 power reclining seats with wide headrests and a large rear seat centre armrest. The power reclining seat format is available with a touch control panel built into the front of the centre armrest, so occupants can adjust the air conditioning, audio system, and seat reclining functions.
The adoption of a new rear double wishbone suspension system reduces shock absorber incursion into the load space. Maximum luggage capacity is therefore 524 litres.