Toyota Camry And Avalon TRD Give Sedans A Sporty Flavor

Joanna Estrada
November 18, 2018

The styling with aerodynamic enhancements was created by Calty, Toyota's design studio in the United States, while chassis is tuned for performance by Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

The Japanese manufacturer boldly claims the spurred up sedans are "track tuned". The Avalon seems to be trying for a bit of a more mature look than the Camry TRD, as the bigger sedan's small decklid spoiler is far more tasteful than the Camry's wild rear wing.

The Avalon TRD and Camry TRD go on sale in fall 2019. Both the full-sized Avalon and the midsized Camry already saw some sport-themed changes with their XSE and SE variants. The 2020 Toyota Camry TRD will arrive alongside a new Avalon TRD next year, and both will come with significant performance upgrades. Thanks to a cat-back dual exhaust, that engine should sound more impressive than before. Toyota says the TRD engineers have developed the dynamic characteristics via extensive testing at its Arizona Proving Ground, TMC Higashi-Fuji Proving Ground in Japan and MotorSport Ranch in Texas. The front brakes have larger, 12.9-inch rotors and dual-piston calipers, while new springs lower the sedan by 0.6 inch and underbody braces are said to increase torsional rigidity. In the Camry TRD, the 19 x 8.5-inch matte black alloy wheels are half inch wider than on the XSE grade and are paired with Bridgestone Potenza 235/40R19 summer tyres.

Rounding out the changes are a gloss black grille, a catback exhaust system and three two-tone paint jobs. More red stitching appears on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the seatbelts are matching red, too. The visuals pick up where that sporty-ish XSE model leaves off, with additions such as a body kit with a front splitter and a rear diffuser, red brake calipers, and red badges.

Toyota Safety Sense-P - which includes pre-collision braking and other driver assistance tech - will be standard on both cars.

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