Game of Thrones is over and the phrase “Winter is here” is no longer a call for regional alliance but a byline expectation that Toyota would be adding an All-Wheel-Drive to the Camry as well as the larger Avalon sedan in Winter. Even though we don’t experience winter in Nigeria, this news is so exciting and here is why.
Toyota is aware that more people are switching over to SUVs and Crossovers. Year to date sales of the Camry are down by 1.6% to 285,058 while those of the Avalon have dropped by 16% to 24,208, but despite this decrease in sales, Toyota still has a solid customer base for these two sedans.
However, there are people who want an extra grip provided by an all-wheel-drive system without having to buy an SUV such as the RAV4 or the Highlander and many Nigerians are on this category.
The last time Toyota added an all-wheel-drive to the Camry was from 1988-1991 after which the automakers stopped which left dealers and car lovers disappointed. Now it’s back and would be available for the 2020MY Camry and 2021MY Avalon, the Dynamic Torque Control AWD system developed in-house is derived from the RAV4.
AWD can be had only with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated at 202 horsepower for the Camry LE, XLE, and SE, while the Camry XSE and Avalon XLE and Limited versions get 205 hp and a pair of exhaust tips.