Toyota Introduces Avalon and Camry TRD
Sedate sedans get cosmetic and chassis upgrades
The models receive chassis tuning by Toyota Racing Development. Special shock absorbers, thicker underbody braces, and unique coil springs promise better body control and handling, as well as a 0.6-inch lower ride height. Meanwhile, the front brakes have been upgraded with larger 12.9-inch diameter rotors and dual-piston calipers.
Both TRD vehicles receive a familiar 3.6-liter V-6 engine making 301 hp. Thanks to a cat-back dual exhaust, that engine should sound more impressive than before. Like on standard Camrys and Avalons, the engine pairs to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
In the looks department, the Camry and Avalon TRD gain red brake calipers, 19-inch black wheels, TRD exhaust tips, and TRD badges. Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic are your available color choices. Beyond that, an aerodynamic body kit adds a special front splitter, side aero skirts, a rear diffuser, and trunk lid spoiler. Inside either model, you'll find red seatbelts and plenty of red stitching. A TRD-badged shift knob completes the look.
The Avalon TRD and Camry TRD go on sale in fall 2019. Before that, the vehicles will debut at the L.A. Auto Show.