Premiere at Los Angeles Auto Show for the Toyota AWD Camry and Avalon
Toyota will be show at Los Angeles Auto Show the AWD versions of its Camry and Avalon sedans that will go on sale next year.
The AWD version of the midsize Camry will be the model's first since 1991, while the large Avalon will get its first optional AWD version ever.
Both will use the same Dynamic Torque Control system employed on the redesigned RAV4 compact crossover, Toyota said.
The AWD system sends up to half of engine torque to the rear wheels as needed under load if the car detects slippage from the front wheels. When additional traction isn't required, the rear prop shaft is electromagnetically disengaged to boost fuel efficiency.
Toyota says AWD versions of the sedans weren't originally in its product plans but were a side benefit of its TNGA platform strategy. The Camry, Avalon and RAV4 all share the Toyota New Global Architecture platform.
The AWD Camry will go on sale in the spring as a 2020 model, while the AWD Avalon will be available in the fall as a 2021 model.
The system will be available as a standalone option on the Camry LE, XLE, SE and XSE trims and on Avalon XLE and Limited trims.