Toyota Announces AWD Camry and Avalon

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  • Developed and Assembled in the U.S. Exclusively for North America
  • Available as Stand-Alone Option on Most Model Grades
  • Exemplary Fuel Efficiency with 202-Horsepower Engine
  • Shared TNGA Technology from RAV4
PLANO, Texas (November 13, 2019) – With winter about to spread its icy grip to much of the United States, Toyota is introducing the new all-wheel drive Camry and Avalon models to help drivers get a better grip on the road. It’s the first AWD Camry since 1991, and the first-ever Avalon with AWD. The Toyota-developed Dynamic Torque Control AWD system will be available as a standalone option for the Camry LE, XLE, SE and XSE grades and on Avalon XLE and Limited grades.

In recent years, market demand for AWD passenger vehicles has increased significantly, due in no small part to the rising popularity of SUVs and crossovers. Midsize sedan customers outside the luxury category, however, have had relatively few AWD choices. Now, Toyota gives them two more with Camry, America’s best-selling midsize sedan for 17 years, and Toyota’s flagship sedan, Avalon.

Notably, the Camry AWD and Avalon AWD are North America-only models developed in the U.S. and assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.

Both the Camry AWD and Avalon AWD get a high-efficiency 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine teamed with an 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission. Most Camry AWD grades have 202 horsepower, while the Camry XSE AWD and both Avalon AWD grades have 205 hp with dual exhaust. The new AWD system balances added traction with exemplary fuel efficiency.

The Camry and Avalon AWD models underscore Toyota’s commitment to the sedan category, a space that some brands have been leaving while Toyota has been expanding choices. Both the new-generation Camry and Avalon sedans offer hybrid models, and, this fall, both added their first-ever TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance versions.

Toyota previously offered an AWD Camry in 1988-1991, called the AllTrac. The company appreciates the loyalty, patience and perseverance of all those customers and dealers who sent letters, emails, comments and texts asking for a modern AWD version of America’s favorite sedan.

Smarter All-Wheel Drive

To many car buyers, “all-wheel drive” may mean one thing, but there are many different AWD technologies on the market. Toyota found an ideal type of AWD for Camry and Avalon in its new-generation RAV4 compact SUV introduced for 2019. The Dynamic Torque Control AWD system provides effective traction for inclement and slippery weather while minimizing AWD’s typical drag on fuel economy. Admittedly, the system name is a mouthful; Camry and Avalon models equipped with it will carry a simple “AWD” badge on their trunk lids.

The Camry and Avalon AWD system can direct up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, in response to acceleration from a start or slippage at the front wheels.

Notably, when AWD isn’t needed, such as on long highway stretches, the electromagnetic controlled coupling on the front of the rear drive axle can disengage the propeller shaft from the differential to prioritize fuel efficiency. The AWD is designed to re-engage in an instant when needed. AWD operation is transparent to the driver and passengers. On that note, the Camry and Avalon AWD models match their FWD counterparts in critical passenger space, trunk room, ride comfort, cabin quietness and vehicle agility.

All-American Effort

Neither the new-generation Camry nor Avalon was originally planned to have an AWD version, so the engineering team at Toyota Motor North America Research and Development in Saline, Michigan, developed them to meet the market demand for AWD sedans. The flexibility and components of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), and specifically the Camry and Avalon’s TNGA platform, allowed the team to develop the AWD versions in-house with improved efficiency.

Far more than a vehicle platform, TNGA brings together new approaches to engineering, design, production and materials. Its flexibility to develop different models from the same tools had already been proven. The North America-only Camry and Avalon AWD show that TNGA can be used by individual Toyota regions to tailor vehicles to that market’s local needs.

Since the RAV4 is also based on the TNGA platform, the opportunity to share components and basic engineering was built in. The team combined the upper body structure of the Camry and Avalon with the engine, transmission, transfer case and rear differential from the RAV4. The RAV4’s version of the multi-link rear suspension was adapted with some modifications and tuning to suit the sedans. Both the Camry and Avalon AWD use a modified version of the propeller shaft from the all-new Highlander SUV.

Adapting the AWD drivetrain to the Camry and Avalon required floor structure modifications, plus the use of an electronic parking brake and a saddle-style fuel tank with an optimized capacity for AWD models rather than the flat-style tank in the FWD models. Inside the car has the same rear seat hip point height as the Camry and Avalon hybrid models. Despite the addition of a rear differential, the trunk floor height remains the same as in the FWD versions.

The transformation to AWD adds just 165 lbs. over the Camry FWD while the Avalon AWD weight is similar to that of its FWD V6 siblings.

Customers can expect the Camry and Avalon AWD to provide similar ride and handling characteristics as the FWD models, plus of course the added traction capability. The suspension tuning, wheels, and tires differentiating the Camry and Avalon model grades carry over to the new AWD models. That means, for example, the Camry XSE grade features the same sport-tuned suspension and 19-inch wheels in FWD and AWD versions.

The Camry AWD will be model year 2020 and arrive at dealerships in early spring. All AWD grades can get an optional Cold-Weather Package, which adds heated seats and mirrors on the LE, heated seats, mirrors and steering wheel on the SE, and heated steering wheel on the XLE and XSE. All other standard and optional features carry over from the FWD versions of the LE, XLE, SE and XSE model grades, including the latest Toyota Audio multimedia systems with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

The Avalon AWD will be model year 2021 and go on-sale next fall. Both XLE and Limited AWD grades will receive a standard heated steering wheel while other standard and optional features carryover from the FWD versions.

Source: https://pressroom.toyota.com/get-a-grip-toyota-introduces-new-camry-and-avalon-all-wheel-drive-sedans/



TL;DR: Camry and Avalon got AWD on their 4 cylinder versions

It's the older Dynamic Torque Control AWD, vs. the newer Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD like the Limited and Adventure grades of the Rav4, and the new Highlander.

Another Toyota-first debut ahead of the ES 250 AWD. SMH.
 

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I said it before and it appears crystal clear day after day
Toyota will be a Lexus competitor not Lexus shadow, they will turn Lexus by time goes to Porsche competitor
 

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With the Crown , Mirai and the Mazda FR sedan as rwd and Century as the ultimate flagship
 

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This makes it crystal clear that nobody at ToMoCo cares about Lexus 🙃
Unfortunately either yes or they will put Lexus in another league, but from what appears especially if the next LF-1 limitless appears to be the next LX or GX that will means only 1 thing

Lexus will be positioned for Porsche so that Toyota will be a tier 1 luxury full lineup maker with affordable prices

You can add that to my words


Toyota is busy in this shifting
 

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Is it just me that really wanted to see AWD on the V6? I guess they decided they wouldn't be able to make enough money to justify producing an AWD system for the V6 (even though there is one for the Highlander)?
 

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IMO, the original Camry All-Trac from the late 80s/early-90s never should have been dropped from the American market in the first place. Toyota is simply correcting a mistake that was made almost 30 years ago.

But they are also making another mistake now. The Avalon is too large for a non-turbo in-line four and the weight/drag of AWD. It should have a V6 instead.
 
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IMO, the original Camry All-Trac from the late 80s/early-90s never should have been dropped from the American market in the first place. Toyota is simply correcting a mistake that was made almost 30 years ago.

But they are also making another mistake now. The Avalon is too large for a non-turbo in-line four and the weight/drag of AWD. It should have a V6 instead.
Yeah from what I know the four cylinder Avalon is only offered in China. Could it possibly be a mistake or are they actually going to bring that here?
 

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I said it before and it appears crystal clear day after day
Toyota will be a Lexus competitor not Lexus shadow, they will turn Lexus by time goes to Porsche competitor
Nevermind that idea. Lexus is too busy cranking out ES200s that couldn't even overtake a Yaris. I'm feeling their breakneck growth rate in ChDM is making them complacent and they feel they could get away with diluting the brand to chase sales figures.

Is it just me that really wanted to see AWD on the V6? I guess they decided they wouldn't be able to make enough money to justify producing an AWD system for the V6 (even though there is one for the Highlander)?
V6 is only 5% of Camry sales so It's not justified.

But why they didn't engineer an AWD system for the V6 Avalon or even ES is strange. Considering a TNGA-K V6 AWD system already exists for the Highlander.
 

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Nevermind that idea. Lexus is too busy cranking out ES200s that couldn't even overtake a Yaris. I'm feeling their breakneck growth rate in ChDM is making them complacent and they feel they could get away with diluting the brand to chase sales figures.


V6 is only 5% of Camry sales so It's not justified.

But why they didn't engineer an AWD system for the V6 Avalon or even ES is strange. Considering a TNGA-K V6 AWD system already exists for the Highlander.
4cly is probably about keeping the price reasonable.

American factories are fighting for their production numbers they need to keep alive. Good effort from TMNA.

I dont get the childish Lexus comments - do people think Toyota should quit making cars larger than Yaris and focus only on Lexus? Every part of TMC competes internally, that is only way to build better product.

People need to expect even better TMC products, and that means nicer Toyota's with more engine range and decent suspension, nice interiors. It will make Lexus only better.

Audi isnt irrelevant because there is a Skoda, and yes, thy share and compete far more than Toyota and Lexus do.
 

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@spwolf , the guys not frustrated because Toyota becoming better, they're frustrated because Lexus take a dip below and instead of concentrating on the FR sedans and SUVs they simply concentrate on FF , which opposes the idea of Lexus as a brand !
 

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@spwolf , the guys not frustrated because Toyota becoming better, they're frustrated because Lexus take a dip below and instead of concentrating on the FR sedans and SUVs they simply concentrate on FF , which opposes the idea of Lexus as a brand !
Lexus has not been doing great with FR sedans for 10+ years. So definitely FR is not idea of Lexus as a brand.
 

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maiaramdan said:
@spwolf , the guys not frustrated because Toyota becoming better, they're frustrated because Lexus take a dip below and instead of concentrating on the FR sedans and SUVs they simply concentrate on FF , which opposes the idea of Lexus as a brand !

Lexus has not been doing great with FR sedans for 10+ years. So definitely FR is not idea of Lexus as a brand.

Spwolf is correct. Lexus, over the years, has succeeded with the FF ES sedan far more than any of the rear-drivers, though, of course, the brand originally built its reputation on the FR LS400.
 

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Again Lexus succeeded with the FF because 2 main reasons,

1) Toyota give Lexus this chance , by the poor quality of handling , fit & finish in Camry and Avalon until this current generation.

2) Lexus itself by not giving the GS & IS media promotion with 1/4 the media budget they gave to the ES
 
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