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Toyota Avalon And Camry To Have TRD Versions

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The Toyota Camry and Avalon currently have XSE versions, which Toyota apparently doesn’t think is sporty enough. The Japanese automaker is now sending these two models to its performance-oriented TRD division.

The TRD versions of the Camry and Avalon will make an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month, Toyota confirmed on Twitter.

The TRD division doesn’t have much experience tinkering with a Toyota sedan as it is mostly focused on the off-road-oriented TRD Pro trucks and SUVs, as well as the newly updated 86 TRD Special Edition sports car. Based on the teaser photos, the TRD versions will have more aggressive wheels and tires and a body kit with a red stripe.

Since this is a TRD version, the Avalon and Camry are expected to have a stiffer suspension tune, a sportier interior trim, and plenty of TRD badging.

Although both the Avalon and Camry are not lacking in power, we hope that there will be an update of engines. Currently, both offer a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 301 horsepower, which is quite a significant amount for any front-wheel-drive sedan. To improve the output, the TRD configuration will need to add a sport exhaust. The power boost would be minimal, though, since too much power would not fit the front-wheel-drive configuration of the Camry and Avalon TRD.

There’s no competition in this segment except perhaps for the Ford Fusion Sport that makes 325 horsepower, the Buick Regal GS that produces 310 horses, and the Dodge Charger with its various V-8-powered variants. These three are the only larger mainstream four-door sedans with performance variants.

The Camry and Avalon TRD models will make their debut later this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which starts on November 28. We expect it to have a starting price of $24,565.

2019 Toyota 86 Plans TRD Special Edition Model

2018 toyota 86 gets trd special edition model

It looks like we’re getting a Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition Model for the 2019 model-year. It was reported on Friday that the sports car’s order guide showed the special edition model that will be aimed at the hardcore crowd.

According to CarsDirect, the TRD treatment, as always, will include plenty of updates and racier looks. The SE trim will have a six-speed manual transmission while the other models will get a six-speed automatic. The trim will also pack Brembo brakes, SACHS dampers, and a TRD exhaust. Finishing off the new look is a TRD body kit with three-piece spoiler and 18-inch split-spoke wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires.

The order guide described that the TRD package will get a tri-color TRD side graphic. Photos are not available yet, but Toyota will only offer the Special Edition model in Raven Black exterior paint. The 86 SE will get upgrades in the interior as well such as red seat belts, red contrast stitching throughout the cabin, and a TRD logo stitched on the passenger’s side instrument panel.

The 86 SE will not get upgrades on the powertrain. It will have the same 2.0-liter flat-4 engine that produces 205 horsepower. The output is the same with other models.

These extra features will make the 86 TRD Special Edition the most expensive model from Toyota 86 to date. Prices will start at $33,340, which includes a mandatory destination charge. It’s $3,800 more than the 2018 86 GT model. For the 2019 model year, the base and GT trims will make appearances as well.

The Toyota 86 hadn’t hit refresh for quite some time now, but it’s going to take more time before a redesigned 86 and Subaru BRZ appear for the 2021 model year. We’re hoping the new models will get a larger-displacement engine and more powerful motors.

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