2020 Toyota Camry AWD and 2021 Avalon AWD introduced With RAV4 Tech

November 22, 2019/Auto Sales Classifieds

Despite more and more people focusing on crossovers and SUVs, Toyota is conscious there are still many people out there who would prefer to buy the once traditional sedan.

Some of these people likely want the extra grip provided by an all-wheel-drive system without having to buy an SUV such as the RAV4 or the Highlander.

Available for the 2020 MY Toyota Camry and 2021 MY Toyota Avalon, the Dynamic Torque Control AWD system developed in-house is derived from the RAV4 and is available exclusively on the U.S.-spec cars.

Depending on situation, the hardware will be able to send up to 50% of the engine’s torque to the rear axle, and when AWD is not needed, the electromagnetic controlled coupling disengages the propeller shaft from the differential to cut fuel consumption.

AWD can be had only with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated at 202 horsepower for the Camry LE, XLE, and SE, while the Camry XSE and Avalon XLE and Limited versions get 205 hp and a pair of exhaust tips.

Toyota says the AWD system has been engineered to re-engage instantly whenever it’s necessary and won’t make the sedans less practical than their FWD counterparts as trunk room and passenger space is the same. Of course, the extra hardware has had an impact on weight as an all-wheel-drive Camry is 165 pounds (75 kilograms) heavier than its front-wheel-drive sibling, while the Avalon weighs just about as much as the V6-powered model.

 

You’ll be able to get the Camry AWD from early spring 2020 and the Avalon from next fall.