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Thanks for that...
I honestly like both....
I honestly like both....
The FAW-Toyota Avalon has been officially released in China with very aggressive pricing. Previously it was speculated the car will match the Cadillac XT4/Nissan Cima (Maxima)/Crown as an entry-level full-size premium sedan. However it actually undercuts the Camry!
2.5 LE ¥208,800
2.5 Touring ¥244,800
Hybrid LE ¥226,800
Hybrid LE Premium ¥239,800
Hybrid XLE ¥257,800
Hybrid Limited ¥289,800
The Camry has the following lineup
2.5 XLE ¥219,800
2.5 XSE ¥222,800
2.5 Limited ¥259,800
Hybrid XLE ¥239,800
Hybrid XSE ¥242,800
Hybrid Limited ¥279,800
What's really interesting is that GAC actually has a more premium-focused Camry lineup than the Avalon. For example the LE and SE is not even offered with a 2.5L engine (only for 2.0L). A Camry will generally offer more features at a slightly higher price.
It's really interesting that unless you go to the very top, a Camry is a more premium car than the Avalon, which is opposite to the situation in USDM. The Avalon is very competitive in its segment, however it still needs that base 2.0L and SE/XSE to truly match the sales figures of the Camry. Just like in the U.S. the SE/XSE are the most popular trims in China.
When will this and the Camry get an all new dynamic force engine that replaces the GR V6?
The current V6 is old though. They will have to replace it eventually neither with a turbocharged four cylinder or a smaller displacement turbocharged six cylinder. Toyota did said that they’re replacing most of their engines with new dynamic force options in the future.
What about a single turbo V6 from the Lexus LS with 330 to 350 hp replaces the Gr V6? Will be a good option with all that torque. Been hearing rumors of 2.4 liter or 2.5 liter turbocharged engine replacing the Gr V6 engine too.You aren't wrong, but knowing Toyota, they will likely look at the competition and not see any reason to upgrade. Personally, I will be happy with the N/A V6 over a turbo 4 for a long time to come. With the way that SUVs are taking over, it's very plausible that in the future, we won't even get a "more powerful" Camry variant.
A more powerful V6 in a FWD car would be a disaster, IMO. Even as an enthusiast, I'm not particularly interested in that idea unless it comes bundled with AWD... which we know is coming.
What about a single turbo V6 from the Lexus LS with 330 to 350 hp replaces the Gr V6? Will be a good option with all that torque. Been hearing rumors of 2.4 liter or 2.5 liter turbocharged engine replacing the Gr V6 engine too.