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Toyota Camry, Avalon With TRD Package Teased Ahead Of 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

On November 28th, Toyota will take the veil off the newest members of the Toyota Racing Development family. The Camry and Avalon are the models in question, boasting red-painted brake calipers, lightweight alloy wheels, and sporty splitters up front.
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Based on a press release from the organizers of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Camry TRD and Avalon TRD are part of a five-vehicle exhibit, including a hybrid. In other words, Toyota might offer the TRD in limited numbers for the 2019 model year.

The mid- and full-size sedans follow in the footsteps of the 86 TRD. Taking the boxer-engined sports car as our guiding light, the Camry TRD and Avalon TRD should feature exclusive badging inside and outside, black headliner, and body-hugging seats. A sports exhaust could also be included in the package, especially if both models will be propelled by a six-cylinder engine.

The range-topping V6 bears the codename 2GR-FKS, and for these applications, Toyota squeezed out 301 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 267 pound-feet at 4,700 rpm. The 3.5-liter V6 features D-4S dual injection with Dual VVT-i, combining efficiency with performance.

Even though the 2GR-FKS feels gutsy in the Camry and Avalon, more suck-squeeze-bang-blow would complement the TRD package like a hand in glove. Considering that the 86 TRD benefits from Sachs shock absorbers and thicker anti-roll bars, expect Toyota to work its magic on the two sedans as well.

Introduced for the 2018 model year, the eight-generation Camry retails at $23,845 for 2019. The Avalon has been redesigned from the ground up for the 2019 model year, with the suggested retail price kicking off at $35,500.

Both models are manufactured in the U.S. of A. at the Georgetown plant in Kentucky, and both come with tons of safety equipment as standard. Toyota Safety Sense P is the starting point, integrating features such as Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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