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Toyota Announces First Ever Camry and Avalon TRD Editions

Posted at Fri, Dec 21, 2018 4:15 PM

Toyota Announces First Ever Camry and Avalon TRD Editions

If you’ve been waiting for your favorite Toyota mainstream sedans to get some seriously sporty upgrades, the wait is over! Toyota has revealed that both the 2020 Avalon and Camry will be getting TRD editions, which is pretty surprising news considering both of these cars are conventionally seen as the standard for “normal.” It’s a development that we here at Westbury Toyota are pretty excited about, and for that reason we’ve detailed everything we know about the upcoming Camry and Avalon TRD models below.

First Things First – What is TRD?

For anyone unfamiliar with the acronym, “TRD” stands for “Toyota Racing Development.” It’s a tuning department (in-house) for Toyota and functions as support for Toyota’s interests in racing, which includes engineering specially designed vehicles (trucks, cars, and SUVs). TRD also produces accessories and parts meant for performance and off-road driving. As it stands, there are currently eight 2019 Toyota TRD vehicles available, including the Tacoma TRD Off-Road, the 4Runner TRD Pro, and the Tundra TRD Pro.

Some Complex Changes

The TRD models of the Camry and Avalon sedans look almost unrecognizable given the considerable changes to the exterior. As Jonathon Ramsey of Autoblog outlines, both cars will have a notably fiercer design, including the following features:

  • Protruding front splitters with standout red trim
  • Aggressive wheels, complete with ebony multi-spoke rims
  • Contoured side sill extensions
  • Noticeable TRD badges
  • Larger front brakes

Each car has individually exclusive features as well, though we don’t know all the details quite yet. For the Avalon, there’s a sleek decklid spoiler. The Camry boasts sway bars in the front and increased stiffness in the coil springs, twin pipes, a stylish trunk wing spoiler, and some pretty impressive interior detailing: Crimson dash stitching, floor mats bearing the TRD badge, and seats with red piping and accented cloth inserts.

More Power, More Performance

While nothing in this department has been 100 percent confirmed yet, it’s a safe assumption that both these cars will undergo a power boost within their TRD editions. As it stands, neither car is really lacking in that department right now, explains Joey Capparella of Car and Driver, as both possess a 3.5 liter (L) V6 engine that puts out 301 horsepower (hp). That’s a hefty amount of output for a mainstream sedan, so the boost we’re anticipating in the TRD models should be nothing short of impressive! A new sport exhaust system is also a likely scenario and will likely ratchet up the horsepower factor.

What’s the Inspiration Behind the Redesign?

Toyota has a reputation for vehicles that are dependable and safe, particularly with sedans like the Camry and the Avalon. Creating TRD editions for these cars is a way for the company to branch out and add a little extra excitement for Toyota owners here on Long Island. It’s a bold decision to give these “family” cars a trim level that commands this much attention, but it’s undoubtedly one that will pay off in the long run. Car enthusiasts have been waiting for something like this from Toyota for a long time, and the excitement in the enthusiast community is nothing less than massive.

TRD Sedans at Long Last

While we unfortunately have a bit of a wait ahead of us until the Avalon and Camry TRD editions are a reality, there’s plenty of time for us to build our anticipation. From what we’ve seen of other TRD vehicles, what’s coming for these sedans is going to be an incredible transformation from what some consider “boring” into the very definition of flamboyant style. Obviously, as part of the Toyota family we here at Westbury Toyota are eating up all the hype, and in order to share our excitement we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as more information is officially shared!

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