2019 Toyota Camry, Avalon getting TRD models

6 November 2018 - Autoblog

2019 Toyota Camry, Avalon getting TRD models

They'll make their debut at the L.A. Auto Show

Toyota is trying to make interesting and fun cars again, from the 86 to a manual transmission-equipped Corolla hatchback, plus the Supra that will finally be revealed soon. The next models to get a dash of excitement are perhaps a little more unexpected. The company revealed on Twitter that it will be adding two new TRD models: the Toyota Camry, and even more shocking, the Avalon.

The announcement came with the above photo, which shows the two sizable sedans next to each other. While we don't see the entirety of either car, we do see a lot more than we would expect for a teaser. We see aggressive splitters under the front bumpers, and black wheels with glaring red brake calipers. We wouldn't be surprised if the front was matched with side skirts, a rear diffuser and a little rear spoiler.

Judging by Toyota's  off-road TRD models, these cars may also come with a number of handling modifications, but not much in the way of additional power. So we expect firmer springs and shocks, perhaps thicker anti-roll bars, and maybe more aggressive tires and brake pads. While we would always welcome more power, we found the 301 horsepower V6 in the Camry feels plenty gutsy as is, and delivers a sweet sound. The same goes for the Avalon, though its extra weight is sure to blunt the V6's performance a bit.

We'll be curious to see the exact set of equipment on these presumably sporty sedans when they make their official debut at the L.A. Auto Show at the end of the month. At the moment, our only disappointment is that the Corolla hatchback didn't get the TRD treatment. But perhaps that's coming at a later date.

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