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Thread: 2020 Toyota Camry, 2021 Avalon Gaining All-Wheel Drive Option

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    2020 Toyota Camry, 2021 Avalon Gaining All-Wheel Drive Option

    Source: AutoVerdict
    November 13, 2019
    by Nick Saporito

    Midsize sedans may not be the most popular market segment these days, but one trend in midsize sedans is offering all-wheel-drive variants. This is an area Toyota originally never intended to enter with the current generation Camry, but they have changed their minds.*

    Starting with the 2020 Camry, buyers will have the option of adding all-wheel-drive. This is the first time in 28 years any Camry variant has offered all-wheel-drive. Toyota will follow-up with adding AWD to the 2021 Avalon as well; a first-ever for that nameplate.*

    While buyers will have all-wheel-drive as a decision point, it isn't going to be ubiquitously offered across all Camry and Avalon trim levels. Camry buyers will have to choose between*LE, XLE, SE and XSE trims, while Avalon buyers will have to select*XLE or Limited trims.*

    The biggest limiting factor is the fact that Toyota has engineered the all-wheel-drive system to work exclusively with both sedans' 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine only. This means buyers cannot opt for all-wheel-drive when either car is equipped with the optional 3.5-liter V-6.*

    Why the limitations? Well, this generation was not originally engineered to get all-wheel-drive. Toyota says the flexibility of its TNGA architecture (which underpins both Camry and Avalon) is just so flexible it allowed them to piece together all-wheel-drive just for the North American market based on demand.*

    What that really means is engineers pulled the engine, transmission, transfer case and rear differential*from the RAV4, which is also based on the TNGA platform. Engineers also brought over a modified version of the multi-link rear suspension found on the RAV4.*

    Toyota says the system can send up to 50 percent of the engine's torque to the rear during slippage. Otherwise the system can disengage to preserve fuel economy figures.*

    Pricing for both all-wheel-drive sedans will be announced closer to launch. Toyota will formally reveal both sedans at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.*

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    Senior Member Tone's Avatar
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    This is the future -- the core or lead vehicle that a platform will be developed for will be the volume CUV, from which other high-margin vehicles can be spun off. That's the opposite of what used to happen, when a CUV was a raised sedan platform.

    Its a subtle difference, but I think it actually might bode well for more interesting variants. Toyota sells hundreds of thousands of Rav4s, so that covers a lot of the development overhead. It seems like it might be easier to make a business case for using the same architecture to create lower volume specialty vehicles -- say, a high-style coupe, or an AWD high-performance wagon. Yes, they will be FWD/AWD based, but vehicles like the FocusRS or GolfR show that these kinds of platforms can still create interesting, fun-to-drive vehicles.

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    Unfortunately, with CUVs guiding platform hard points, this likely means mainstream cars will remain tall and a bit ungainly. I think the era of long and low is gone except for premium cars.

    But flexibility beats nothing for sure.

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    Too bad its for the 4 only and not the V6

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