The all-new Toyota Camry is finally here and has gone a drastic makeover. It has a more aggressive exterior, a more refined interior and more high-tech features.
However, some fans of the midsize sedan were slightly disappointed when they learned that the eighth-generation Camry does not come with a V6 option. Instead, it is now only available with a 2.5-liter engine for both the G and V variants.
While the four-cylinder in itself is more than capable of powering the midsize sedan, some Camry fans still prefer having the six-cylinder engine. So why did Toyota not bring a V6 model of the 2019 Camry?
Well according to Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), the V6 is not needed as the four-cylinder engine is the most suitable engine for the Camry. Jovie Roqueza, head of TMP's Product Planning Department, stated that the 2.5-liter engine has the right balance between delivering power and fuel efficiency for the midsize sedan.
Interest in midsize executive sedans like the Camry has been dwindling as of late. Many customers have opted to purchase similarly priced SUVs or crossovers, or have since moved up to more luxurious options from other brands. That's not really a problem for Toyota, as they do have Lexus.
For those that insist on a V6-powered midsize sedan, they recommend buyers switching over to the more luxurious Lexus ES 350. Essentially a posher version of the Camry (as it sits on the same platform), it features more creature comforts and higher levels of riding comfort compared to the Toyota Camry.
However, compared to the top-of-the-line 2.5 V Camry which retails for Php 1,992,000, the new Lexus ES 350 sells for a cool Php 4,308,000.
Apart from the lack of a V6 engine for the Camry, there is also the lack of a hybrid version for the all-new Camry. Beside having the ability to be more fuel efficient, a hybrid Camry would also make for a greener, less polluted environment. In truth, however, the company is actually considering bringing a hybrid Camry for the Philippine market. Only trouble is, the hybrid version is expected to be a bit pricier compared to the standard models.
Sure, the government had already imposed a 50% less excise tax on any hybrid motor vehicle. But Satoru Suzuki, president of TMP, had this to say regarding the government's initial incentive on reducing taxes for hybrids.
“We expected more. Because in fact, the current 50% reduction is actually not enough to offset the cost of the push of hybrid products. We appreciate the current deduction but the current 50% is not enough to set the attractive price for us. We'll appreciate more if the government could give us more support,” said Suzuki.
In addition, Toyota also wants to educate the public more with regards to the benefits and eco-friendly nature of hybrid vehicles. For Toyota, it's not enough to have less carbon emissions as they also want their customers to know exactly what makes a hybrid tick.