2020 Toyota Camry XSE AWD
Toyota has announced the addition of Camry and Avalon All-Wheel-Drive models – making them truly sedans for all seasons. The Camry AWD will arrive in Spring of this year as a 2020 model year. Avalon AWD will be a 2021 model and go on sale next Fall.
While others are abandoning the sedan segment, the new Camry and Avalon AWD models underscore Toyota’s all-out commitment to the sedan category. Both the new- generation Camry and Avalon sedans offer hybrid models, and, last fall, both added their first-ever TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance versions.
It’s the first AWD Camry since 1991 when Toyota offered an AWD Camry AllTrac from 1988-1991. The AWD is the first-ever for the Avalon.
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 – available on XLE and Limited grades.
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 will deliver 202 horsepower. The Camry XSE AWD and both Avalon AWD grades will – with dual exhaust – deliver 205 horsepower.
Toyota says the new AWD system balances added traction with exemplary fuel efficiency in both Camry and Avalon. Camry AWD EPA-ratings are 25/34/39 mpg city/highway/combined for LE and SE models. The XLE and XSE models are rated at 25/34/28 mpg city/highway/combined. Avalon AWD EPA-estimated fuel economy will be released closer to its on-sale date.
Smarter All-Wheel Drive
Camry and Avalon models equipped with the Dynamic Torque Control AWD system will carry a simple ‘AWD’ badge on their trunk lids – belying the capability of the system.
The Camry and Avalon AWD vehicles will be equipped with the same AWD found in its new-generation RAV4 compact SUV introduced for 2019.
The Dynamic Torque Control AWD – on demand – system provides effective traction for inclement and slippery weather while minimizing AWD’s typical drag on fuel economy. The Camry and Avalon AWD system automatically directs up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels in response to acceleration from a start or slippage at the front wheel.
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 and prioritize fuel efficiency. The AWD is designed to re-engage in an instant when needed.
The operation of the AWD is transparent to the driver and passengers.
TNGA Flexibility is Key to Camry and Avalon AWD
While neither the new-generation Camry nor Avalon was originally planned to have an AWD version, their TNGA platform – with its flexible approaches to engineering, design, production and materials – allowed the Toyota engineering team to develop the AWD versions in-house with improved efficiency.
With the RAV4 also based on the TNGA platform, the opportunity to share components and basic engineering was built in. In simplest terms, 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 (also a TNGA platform vehicle).
Adapting the AWD drivetrain to the Camry and Avalon did require 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.
Despite those modifications, 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.
Toyota says buyers can expect the Camry and Avalon AWD to provide similar ride and handling characteristics as the FWD models, enhanced by 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.
Toyota says that the Camry AWD will be a 2020 model year vehicle, arriving at dealerships in early spring this year.
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.
Pricing for the 2020 Camry AWD will be announced closer to arrival this Spring with pricing for the 2021 Avalon AWD closer to its launch.
More on Camry, Avalon and RAV4 Lineups
Learn more about the 2020 Toyota RAV4 by going to https://www.toyota.com/rav4/
For the Hybrid version here: https://www.toyota.com/rav4hybrid/
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