First Prius, now non-hybrid Camry and Avalon. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – November 13, 2019 2020 Toyota Camry AWD Toyota is about to introduce the new AWD Camry and Avalon. It’s the first AWD Camry since 1991, and the first- Avalon AWD ever. The AWD system will be available as an option for the Camry LE, XLE, SE and XSE grades and on Avalon XLE and Limited grades. Toyota previously offered an AWD Camry in 1988-1991. With market demand for AWD passenger vehicles has increased significantly, Toyota will soon offer two of its own with Camry and Avalon. Both the Camry AWD and Avalon AWD are North America-only models developed in the U.S. and assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and are powered by the same high-efficiency 2.5L I4 in the std. Camry and Avalon while paired with the brands superb 8-speed AT. Toyota AWD Toyota’s Dynamic Torque Control AWD system provides effective traction for inclement weather while minimizing AWD’s typical drag on fuel economy. The Camry and Avalon AWD system can direct up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, in response to acceleration from a start or slippage at the front wheels. When AWD is not necessary, the electromagnetic controlled coupling on the front of the rear drive axle can disengage the propeller shaft from the differential to prioritize fuel efficiency. The AWD is designed to re-engage in an instant when needed. The Camry and Avalon AWD models exactly match their FWD counterparts in passenger and cargo volume. Adapting the AWD drivetrain to the Camry and Avalon required floor structure modifications, plus the use of an electronic parking brake and a saddle-style fuel tank. Despite the addition of a rear differential, the trunk floor height remains the same as in the FWD versions. The Camry AWD adds 165 lbs. over the Camry FWD while the Avalon AWD weight is similar to that of its FWD V6 siblings. The suspension tuning, wheels, and tires differentiating the Camry and Avalon trims carry over to the new AWD models. The AWD Camry and Avalon will carry a simple “AWD” badge on their trunk lids. The Camry AWD will be model year 2020 and arrive at dealerships in early spring. All AWD grades can be equipped with the optional Cold-Weather Package, which adds heated seats and mirrors on the LE, heated seats, mirrors and steering wheel on the SE, and heated steering wheel on the XLE and XSE. All other standard and optional features carry over from the FWD versions of the LE, XLE, SE and XSE models. The Avalon AWD will be model year 2021 and go on-sale next fall. Both XLE and Limited AWD grades will receive a standard heated steering wheel while other standard and optional features carryover from the FWD versions. AWD means little to many but to those that want it, Toyota is offering more and more offerings with its inclusion as time goes on. Will it help Toyota and dent Subaru sales? That remains to be seen.