This is now the best-looking Toyota sedan in India. The Camry Hybrid, launched here some two years ago, achieved surprisingly reasonable success. Relatively speaking, of course. Its total sales figures aren't something that'd appear on the resume of its sales manager, but among Camry buyers, nearly 70 per cent opted for the Hybrid.Toyota Kirloskar Motor, the Indian arm of the worlds largest car maker, is keeping up with the parent companys progress with petrol-electric hybrid cars. With these playing a long-term role, Toyota's quickly brought in the new-look Camry. It sports a substantial change upfront with sharper lines. It looks less bulky, and more focused. The headlights have been given a more modern look, and now fuse cleverly into the front grille. It also gets daytime-running lights as standard. Low beam uses LEDs, and high beam uses halogens. The grille is much wider now. There is lots of chrome still, but is more elegantly used. The front bumper gets a much taller air dam and the mesh grille complements the nose. This also houses the fog lamps, which have been moved inside the bumper.Changes to the rear design aren't as significant as the changes to the front. The new tail-lamps are now connected with a chrome strip. The rear bumper is slimmer, and the trunk lid has a new number plate recess design. The silhouette is almost the same. But overall, the Camry now looks more endearing, and more importantly, more upmarket than the older car.On the powertrain front, not much has changed. Under the rather large front bonnet is the third-gen Hybrid Synergy Drive that teams up a 2.5-litre, 180bhp petrol engine and an electric motor. This is similar to the one used in the Lexus 300ESh. The petrol unit is the same as in the regular Camry. In the Hybrid, there is an electric motor that charges a battery, which in turn works in tandem with the petrol engine to send power to the wheels. At above 30 per cent charge, it can even propel the car on its own. All of this results in better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. So, while a regular car would give an indicated range of 500-600km, with the Hybrid system, the Camry can add another 150-200km to that. A figure substantial for a car this size.The car can kick off on pure electric power, but then, the petrol engine takes over as you accelerate. If you're not engaging full throttle, the engine simultaneously also activates an electric motor that charges the battery. The battery is also charged when you lift off the throttle or brake. On the move, you'll hardly notice all this going on. The switch from petrol power to battery power is seamless. The engine is mated to a CVT 'box that uses similar tech as that seen on the Lexus LFA. Building up speed is effortless and quick. The rather large steering wheel is a bit on the lighter side, which is great for city drives. At high speeds though, it doesnt weigh up as much, which makes the steering feel a bit twitchy. The CVT gearbox is smooth, and you can get to triple digits and higher speeds with ease. But, we missed a manual override option on this. That would give better control while slowing down. Toyota, however, offers a B mode on the gearbox. No, not B for boost, but B for brake. It uses engine braking to engage faux downshifting. This results in the revs going higher, and once you slot it in D, it takes less time to get to max rpm. Sounds complex. Is complex. But we would still want a manual override.The cabin remains one of the most ideal ones to be in. Its the kind that can teach a thing of two to bigger cars from European luxury car makers. Space is impressive. The seats are plush and the rear seat still reclines by about eight degrees. However, we wonder why the front gets ventilated seats while the rear doesnt, especially since most Camry owners are chauffeur-driven in India. That aside, it is a quiet cabin, with only the nice exhaust note making its way in. Air con is powerful and also comes with new tech that can, believe–it-or-not, have the same effect as that of a skin moisturiser on the Camrys passengers. The suspension set-up has been stiffened a bit to aid better handling, but it is still pliant and absorbs road imperfections with ease. Of course, leather trim is standard and it is good, rather, great quality, fit and finish. The dashboard is almost the same with only some switches being changed. There is no satellite navigation, though.At Rs 31.22 lakh, ex-showroom, the Camry Hybrid is an expensive proposition and at that price, is up against some established German marques. But the Camry offers a lot more comfort. Moreover, it makes quite a statement of responsibility towards the environment. And now it looks rather nice, too. It isnt exciting to drive on the limit, but you can experience utmost comfort the rest of the time. It is an effortless cruiser on the highway, and cocoons you well in the spacious cabin on crowded city roads. For similar levels of comfort and technology, you may have to dole out extra cash for German barges this size. The Camry Hybrid never made more sense than it does now.The numbersPetrol engine\: In-line, 4cyl, 2494cc, 158bhp, 213Nm, Electric motor\: 141bhp, 270Nm, Hybrid system\: 202bhp (overall), Gearbox\: E-CVT LxWxH\: 4850x1825x1480mm, Wheelbase\: 2775mm, Turning circle\: 11m, Kerb weight\: 1635kg, Tyres\: 215/55 R17, Rs 31.22 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)The verdictA one-size-fits-all luxury limo with clean tech to make a statement for you. Now looks the part, too.