In the lead up to Los Angeles
, Toyota announced it would expand its product line-up with the addition of all-wheel drive versions of the Camry and Avalon.
The full name of this technology is a mouthful: Dynamic Torque Control AWD system. Its benefits are much simpler: improved traction without the usual loss of fuel economy.
This is made possible by integrating control of the engine, transmission, electronic power steering, brakes and more in keeping with the driving environment. So, for example, the system can direct up to 50 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels in response to acceleration from a start or when it detects front-wheel slippage.
This is the same technology offered on the current RAV4. All three vehicles share the same platform, developed in keeping with the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). As such, this is a tangible example of how TNGA can be leveraged to more readily tailor individual models to the needs of local markets.
The 2020 Camry AWD and 2021 Avalon AWD — to be assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky — will be sold only in North America starting in March.
“This is further evidence that Toyota is doubling down on sedans while some of our competitors are abandoning the segment,” said Hollis. “While light trucks now make up about 65 percent of our sales, we remain fully committed to sedans.”
By Dan Miller