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What the newest 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid model brings to the average fan is the comfort and rid quality of a regular Camry model combined with enhance fuel efficiency provided by a hybrid powertrain. The model is a four door sedan with a front-wheel drive which can seat up to five passengers. The Toyota Camry brand is a very popular one and is perhaps one of the most sold Japanese models in the US market.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the car has a lot to offer and brings in some stellar specs. Giving the fans a new Toyota Camry model is already a good move, which becomes even better when they announced a hybrid powertrain to go with it. The hybrid option will certainly bring some more appeal to the brand and even the hard-core fans of the Camry brand might decide to use the hybrid option for the future.

The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid is going to come available in three different trims, the LE, SE and XLE trims which are going to appear at the same time in the market. The fact of the matter is that this car is going to be released separately from the base version as the Hybrid Camry is going to come a bit later compared to the base Toyota Camry model. Our review is going to provide you with the basic information for the new 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid model.

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Exterior Updates

The exterior of the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid model is going to look like the base non-hybrid version of the car. The only thing which will distinguish the cars are the badging that the car is going to incorporate. The Camry ahs a wide track and a thin grill in its front end. There is also a large lower maw which gets wider and wider as you go downward. The car’s exterior looks pretty bold if you ask us and does have a wide-open catfish look which is particularly pronounced when using the lighter colors of the car.

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The Camry does not need to do any drastic restyling like dropping the roofline dramatically low, nor do they blacked out the pillars. They have extended the greenhouse a bit this time but even that elements goes somewhat unnoticeable when viewed for the first time.

The lenses have a swept back look and they come with clear lenses and some nice detailing. In the upper trim levels there are LED features added with daytime running lights as well. The side of the car has a character line which actually starts from the rear and slopes down to the front of the car. Also the SE model is going to incorporate a spoiler in the back for a sportier appearance.

Interior Design and Features

The interior for the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid model will also be the same as its base version but will add the hybrid controls on the dash. The interior features a comfortable environment which comes with cloth seats which you can upgrade to suede-like material for the SE version. The dash has accented stitching to accentuate the interior even more and there are all kinds of nice looking details placed inside as well. You can use a  6.1-inch touchscreen in the base forms while the 7.0-inch touchscreen is offered in the higher trims and both of them also add some large knobs and buttons for use as well.

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Besides this, the standard equipment for the SE version includes an automatic transmission, backup camera, and 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The models also incorporates the touchscreen with AM/FM/CD player with USB and auxiliary inputs, and Bluetooth phone connectivity with Siri Eyes Free compatibility for Apple products.  Safety is also addressed by adding stability control and there are 10 airbags, and for the hybrid trims there is a battery saver function which shuts down the interior lights when the power is running low.

Optional piece of equipment are going to add a leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and you can order your model with a moonroof. The safety equipment can expand to adding  blind-spot monitoring, radar-based cruise control, lane-departure warning, and pre-collision braking.

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Hybrid Powertrain and Specs

The powertrain for the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid version is going to remain the same as with the previous one. As the large part of the updates that the base version concentrated on also referred to addressing the engine specs, the hybrid version mainly transfer the lineup from the 2015 version of the car. Thus the model is going to reintroduce the same drivetrain which is the 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder paired with a 141-hp electric motor powered by a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. This is the setup which Toyota has been using for years for its hybrid models, and as it still proves durable and reliable there is not need to change it.

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The specs for the car now give us 156 hp, 156 lb-ft; for the motor and a combined ratio of 200 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque when combined with the electronic battery. The transmission choice remains a continuously variable automatic system. As for the EPA rates, which is perhaps the most important part of the car, they amount to 40/37 mpg city/highway for the SE or 42/38 mpg for the LE and XLE models. The ratings of the new Camry are actually much better than the hybrid competition that it is going up against, the likes of Honda and Chevy models.

Release Date and Price

As the latest 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid model is coming a little bit later than its base, expected it to be out by the middle of the year. The base version is getting released in February while the hybrid form of the Toyota Camry is scheduled to be offered a few months later which pits it as available by the middle of the year.

For the base models of the Toyota Camry will be priced at a starting base MSRP rate of 23,070 dollars, but the Hybrid ones go a little bit pricier. The base SE one is going to be offered at $27,625 as a base price while the upper trim models rise to $29,605.

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