TORONTO, ON – With winter about to spread its icy grip to much of Canada and 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 Limited. In recent years, market demand for AWD passenger vehicles has increased, due to the rising popularity of SUVs and crossovers. Midsize sedan customers outside the luxury category, have had relatively few AWD choices. Now, Toyota gives them two more with Camry and Toyota’s flagship sedan, Avalon.
Notably, the Camry AWD and Avalon AWD are North America-only models, assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. For most Camry AWD models, a high-efficiency 202-horsepower 2.5-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine (205 horsepower with dual exhaust on Camry XSE AWD and Avalon AWD grades) teams with an 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission. The new AWD system balances added traction with exemplary fuel efficiency.
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. The Camry and Avalon AWD system can direct up to 50 per cent of engine torque to the rear wheels, in response to acceleration from a start or slippage at the front wheels.
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 2020 Camry SE Upgrade AWD, XLE AWD and XSE AWD will come standard with a heated steering wheel. All other standard and optional features carry over from the FWD versions of the LE, XLE, SE and XSE model grades, including the latest Connected Services by Toyota multimedia systems with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility. All 2020 Camry and Avalon models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P) a suite of cutting-edge active safety systems. The Camry AWD will be model year 2020 and arrive at dealerships in early spring. Pricing to be announced.