When I first heard of the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD, I thought it was a typing error because TRD suffix is mostly associated with SUVs and pickup trucks that have been hooked up with off-road enhancements. Who would even have thought that Toyota could hook up the Avalon with TRD traits given that the model is among the automaker’s biggest sedans? In fact, Toyota has surprised us even more by adding TRD elements to yet another sedan; the Camry has also received the same upgrades as the Avalon including the same engine.
2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Exterior
The Toyota Racing Development aka TRD collaborated with the Toyota Calty Design Research to design and build the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD as well as the Toyota Camry TRD. The model gains a set of aero enhancements that make it look and feel sportier than regular Avalon models. The car rides on Michelin Primacy all-season rubber like the top-ranging Avalon XSE. These tires wrap around new, 19-inch wheels, which are much lighter than those on the XSE. In addition to the attractive visuals of the XSE, the TRD adds a sporty body kit that features a front splitter as well as a rear diffuser. Other cool features include red TRD badges, TRD exhaust tips, and red brake calipers.
The 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD is available in a number of exterior paint finishes; they are Supersonic Red, Celestial Silver Metallic, Windchill Pearl, as well as Midnight Black Metallic.
The interior is replete of red detailing to go with the model’s new sporting nature. The seats are wrapped with black synthetic leather with red accents and embroidered headrests. The seatbelts are also in red. As you might have guessed, red contrast stitching finishes off the seats design. Red stitching is also featured on the dashboard, steering wheel, gear lever as well as on all floor mats. The model’s infotainment system has a distinct startup screen from other Toyota Avalon models to ensure passengers do not confused the Avalon TRD for regular ones.
Engine and performance
The new Avalon TRD is motivated by a 3.5 L, V-6 mill that delivers 301 hp. The automaker also made several changes to the chassis such as increasing the vehicles torsional rigidity by installing thicker under body braces. Other additions include new springs that lower the Avalon sedan by 0.6 inches thus improving the model’s sporty driving traits.
The braking system has also been enhanced; Toyota has fitted 12.9-inch front brake discs to improve their feedback. In addition to the front coil springs, the rear features sway bars that together result in a 44% and 67% roll stiffness at the front and rear respectively. There are also new TRD shock absorbers that minimize vertical as well as roll movements.
Price and release date
Toyota will unleash the 2020 Avalon TRD at the upcoming LA Auto show that starts on 28th of this month. Toyota is yet to put a price tag on the model but I bet it will exceed $40,000.
Buick Lacrosse and Nissan Maxima are the main rivals of the new 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD.