Toyota Camry, Avalon To Get TRD Editions

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, Automotive Editor - November 2, 2018

Toyota, for better or worse, has become an automaker that's known for making boring cars that work day in and day out. The Japanese brand is looking to change that with more exciting cars, both aesthetically and when it comes to physically driving them. To that end, Toyota is also letting its performance-oriented TRD arm to make a few of its sedans even sportier.

Traditionally, only pickup trucks and SUVs, like the Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner have benefited from high-performance variants with TRD upgrades. The TRD Editions don't just look better, they get performance parts that make them more potent. For the current crop of off-roading machines, that means things like Fox performance shocks, BBS aluminum wheels, a TRD exhaust system and upgraded skid plates.

Toyota recently revealed a TRD version of the sporty 86. That model also received upgraded brakes, high-performance dampers, sticky Michelin tires, and 18-inch wheels. Unique front and rear bumpers, as well as side sills and graphics ensured that the model didn't look like other 86 coupes.

It looks like Toyota wants to come out with TRD versions of the Avalon and Camry, because the automaker took to Twitter to show off two new models that it would bring to the Los Angeles Auto Show. The only photo Toyota released of the upcoming vehicles revealed their front ends, both of which look to be sporting more prominent front lips and TRD-branded wheels. Other than that, the rest of the modifications are left to the imagination.

We're sure there will be other exterior components, but the ones that improve the sedans' performance are the ones we're really interested in. Going off of what TRD has done before, we're going to guess stiffer suspension, larger brakes, stickier tires, and slightly more power.

Both the Avalon and Camry are available with a 301-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, which is probably the motor that will be the recipient of the TRD goodies. In our reviews of both vehicles, we found the V6 to be both powerful and smooth. So even if Toyota doesn't make any performance upgrades to the engine, it would be fine by us.

We won't have to wait long to get the full breakdown on the Camry and Avalon TRD models, as the Los Angeles Auto Show kicks off on November 28.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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