Toyota showcase area at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Recapping Toyota’s Big Announcements at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Posted at Fri, Dec 20, 2019 11:30 AM

There was no shortage of big news at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show and Toyota had its fair share of the spotlight. The automaker revealed some interesting details regarding three of its vehicles: The all-wheel drive (AWD) Camry, the 2021 RAV4 Prime, and the 2021 Mirai. Such exciting news deserves to be shared and that’s why we here at Westbury Toyota have put together this comprehensive overview of everything Toyota shared at the most recent Auto Show.

The New AWD Camry

It’s been 28 years since the Camry was last available in AWD and by bringing it back, Toyota is showing its commitment to redefining the sedan category. Assembled exclusively at Toyota’s Kentucky motor manufacturing plant, the AWD Camry will feature a 2.5-liter (L) DOHC 4-cylinder high efficiency engine that is rated at 202 horsepower (hp) for the LE, XLE, and SE trims and 205 hp for the XSE. The engine is paired with an 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission, which, along with the new AWD system, provides incomparable fuel efficiency and traction to equip you with a sedan ride like no other.

Want to learn even more about this exciting new take on Toyota's iconic sedan? Then be sure to check out our complete overview of the 2020 Toyota Camry AWD.

The 2021 Mirai

The upcoming Mirai will be the second generation of Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and has undergone a considerable revolution since its debut in 2015. Its silhouette clearly draws inspiration from coupes, giving it a truly sleek, striking presence complete with a fastback roof, 20-inch wheels, and long hood. It also boasts an upgraded powertrain, explains the team behind the Toyota Newsroom, with the goal of giving drivers a 30 percent increase in driving range. This is one of the “cleanest” vehicles out there because there are no combustion byproducts, which means that Toyota is yet again setting the bar in the green vehicle category.

The 2021 RAV4 Prime

One thing that has become clear after Toyota’s showing at the Los Angeles Auto Show is that it is committed to raising the hybrid vehicle standard. The RAV4 Prime packs a surprising amount of power that puts it on the same tier of luxury crossovers, which is pretty remarkable considering it is a plug-in hybrid. This vehicle can drive on electricity alone and once the charge runs out, the gasoline engine kicks in. As Jerry Hirsch of Trucks explains, the RAV4 Prime will have an all-electric range of 39 miles per gallon (mpg), which is the highest electric range of any plug-in hybrid currently available on the market. To further emphasize this being a plug-in hybrid unlike any other, the RAV4 Prime comes prepped with a lengthy list of standard features, including (but not limited to):

  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Power liftgate
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Additional News

While these were the big three announcements, Toyota had some other news to share as well, such as the fully redesigned 2020 Highlander. The Highlander will come with a potent V6 engine or a hybrid powertrain alternative, bringing an entirely new level to this already distinguished sport utility vehicle (SUV).

In addition, Toyota revealed the new members of the TRD Pro lineup, including the Tacoma, the Sequoia, the Tundra, and the 4Runner, and all of them are available in the new limited edition Army Green color.

Big Announcements for an Exciting Future

It goes without saying that we here at Westbury Toyota are more than a little excited with all Toyota’s reveals at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker is definitely devoted to improving and evolving the green vehicle revolution, which is why the news about the 2021 RAV4 Prime and the 2021 Mirai is so interesting. To put it simply, Toyota has given auto enthusiasts all around the world – as well as right here on Long Island – something to talk about until next year!

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