Toyota is finally pushing the Avalon and Camry for some performance treatment. The upgraded Camry and Avalon models which will undergo TRD’s scalpel is yet to be showcased at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) badge has been associated with off-road oriented trucks along with some SUVs before. Hence, considering these works, we can assume what the big sedans would be up against in the treatment. Based on the teaser photo, we can guess it could include sportier wheels along with complementary cosmetics such as a racing stripe.
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We presume that the car would sport stiffer suspensions than its standard versions along with bits of sporty interiors and plenty of TRD badging.
The two sedans already score well in the performance department. However, we could be looking at a significant pump in those figures. The duo currently sports 3.5-liter V-6 engine, yielding 301hp of power. The updated versions of the two sedans will directly lock horns with the 325-hp Ford Fusion Sport, the 310-hp Buick Regal GS, and the Dodge Charger and its various V-8–powered variants.
This will, however, not be the division’s first hand on sedans. There’s also a TRD Special Edition bound for the 86 sports coupe for 2019. From the image that was tweeted by Toyota earlier this week, the Camry TRD and the Avalon TRD is seen sporting blacked-out wheels shod in thin, grippy rubber, red brake callipers, and a splitter to underscore those massive grilles. We noticed a minor decrease in ground clearance, which we guess is an outcome of the suspension tuning in the TRD’s forte.