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Toyota Gets More Grip

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All-wheel-drive versions of the Camry and Avalon coming in 2020.

Toyota is introducing the new all-wheel drive Camry and Avalon models—the first AWD Camry since 1991 (Toyota previously offered an AWD Camry in 1988-1991, called the AllTrac), and the first-ever AWD Avalon. All-wheel-drive will be available as a standalone option for the Camry LE, XLE, SE and XSE grades and on Avalon Limited.

Toyota admits that neither the new-generation Camry nor Avalon were originally planned to have an AWD version, but the engineering team at Toyota figured out a way to make it an option.

Toyota says adapting the AWD drivetrain to the Camry and Avalon required floor structure modifications, plus the use of an electronic parking brake and a saddle-style fuel tank with an optimized capacity for AWD models rather than the flat-style tank in the FWD models. 

The transformation to AWD adds 165 lbs. to the Camry FWD while the Avalon AWD weight is similar to that of the Avalon FWD. Both AWD vehicles are North America-only models.

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