Toyota Camry, Avalon get all-wheel drive
The drivetrain tech is borrowed from the Rav4.
Toyota has introduced optional all-wheel drive for the Camry and Avalon.
The Camry was once available with AWD, referred to as the AllTrac, however the all-weather drivetrain was only kept on the market for three years until it was dropped from the lineup in 1991.
The sedans now benefit from a more modern Dynamic Torque Control AWD system, borrowed from with the latest Rav4 that shares the same TNGA platform architecture. The additional drivetrain components and structural modifications add 165 pounds to the Camry, while the Avalon AWD is roughly the same weight as the FWD V6 edition.
Up to 50 percent of available torque can be sent to the rear wheels, either from a start or when slip is detected at the front wheels. When AWD isn't needed, particularly at highway speeds, an electromagnetic coupling disengages the rear wheels to help achieve higher fuel efficiency.
Both the Camry AWD and Avalon AWD are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. Most Camry trims have 202 horsepower, jumping to 205 horsepower for the Camry XSE AWD and all Avalon AWD grades.
The Camry AWD will be the first to land, unfortunately not until the snow has already begun to melt for spring 2020. The Avalon AWD will arrive next fall for the 2021 model year. The company has not announced pricing but has confirmed that AWD will be available as a standalone option for several different trim levels.