Toyota is authoritative addition move to accumulate its cars accordant in today’s SUV-dominated bazaar by giving auto shoppers the advantage of all-wheel drive on its flagship Camry and flush Avalon sedans. Both cars additionally aloof added achievement versions from the automaker’s Toyota Racing Development arm. AWD will be a stand-alone advantage for the 2020 Camry, admitting not until this year’s snow has broiled in the spring. The Avalon will get the advantage for the 2021 archetypal year, accessible in abatement 2020.
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It’s an AWD aboriginal for the full-size Avalon and brings it aback for the mid-size Camry, which has lacked the advantage back the Camry AllTrac went abroad afterwards 1991. The hardware, including a adapted rear suspension, is mostly from the redesigned 2019 RAV4 SUV, which confused to the aforementioned new all-around belvedere acclimated for the sedans. The arrangement can accelerate up to 50 percent of torque to the rear wheels, as able-bodied as absolutely abstract — about reverting to front-wheel drive — in canoeing situations for bigger gas mileage. Amid the Camry’s boilerplate rivals, the Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy and Ford’s soon-to-depart Fusion additionally action AWD. Amid Avalon’s actual boilerplate full-size car rivals, the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger action the option. AWD amid sedans is accepted on the affluence side, area abounding cars are contrarily rear-wheel drive — a beneath ideal bureaucracy in cold-weather states.
There are trade-offs, however. AWD will appear alone with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder agent and eight-speed automatic, which agency buyers will acquire to abandon Toyota’s acceptable 3.5-liter V-6 that’s offered on some Camry trim levels and comes accepted for Avalons with FWD (excluding the Avalon Hybrid). The AWD Camry’s four-cylinder puts out 202 or 205 application depending on trim level. The advantage of AWD, still to be priced, will be accessible for the Camry LE, XLE, SE and XSE trim levels and on the Avalon XLE and Limited.
Toyota says AWD will add 165 pounds to the Camry — about 5 percent added barrier weight — with the Avalon’s weight about the aforementioned as the accepted V-6 sedan. The automaker additionally says it fabricated structural changes to the attic and acclimated a saddle-style the ammunition catchbasin so AWD models would absorb the aforementioned backseat and trunk-floor height.
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The alone trim levels absorb the aforementioned abeyance tuning, caster sizes and options as the front-drive versions. AWD models for the Camry additionally will action a Cold-Weather Package that adds acrimonious seats and mirrors on the LE; acrimonious seats, mirrors and council caster on the SE; and a acrimonious council caster on the XLE and XSE, which already acquire the added features. On the Avalon, the XLE and Limited AWD grades will get a accepted acrimonious council wheel.
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