2021 Toyota Avalon Borrows AWD From the RAV4

The upcoming 2021 Toyota Avalon will finally get an AWD system for the first time. Avalon is Toyota’s flagship sedan, and it comes with a potent four-cylinder engine. Its new all-wheel-drive setup will be available on XLE and Limited trim levels. Moreover, this configuration is offered for the U.S. market, at least for now.

On top of that, both Camry and Avalon will get more tech for 2021. Interestingly, high-tech features and AWD setup are borrowed from Toyota’s RAV4 crossover. Japanese manufacturer didn’t specify a further list of upgrades nor the pricing details.

2021 Toyota Avalon AWD

Same Interior Room, More Features

The forthcoming 2021 Toyota Avalon will get a couple of interior updates. According to the newest info, the luxury sedan will borrow a couple of features from the new RAV4 crossover. However, we don’t know which features are going to become available. On top of that, Avalon will get additional safety gear. As for the interior space, AWD won’t compromise it.

Toyota says the all-wheel-drive system will add around 165 pounds to the new model. The changes beneath the shell have minimal impact cargo and interior room. That means the trunk floor will stay intact, just like the seats. Furthermore, there won’t be any differences between FWD and AWD models. Thanks to that, the standard heated steering wheel remains.

2021 Toyota Avalon interior

2021 Avalon Gets New All-Wheel-Drive System

The luxury sedan is getting an AWD system. On top of that, the 2021 Toyota Avalon will borrow this setup from the RAV4 crossover. Two models are sharing the same New Generation Architecture. On top of that, both Avalon and RAV4 are produced in Toyota’s assembly plant in Kentucky. It is available on XLE and Limited trim levels. Furthermore, Avalon AWD is available in the United States only, for the beginning.

If you tick the all-wheel-drive option, you’ll get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This unit is producing 205 horsepower, and it uses an 8-speed automatic transmission. If you want a standard front-wheel-drive Avalon, the existing 3.5-liter V6 that generates 300 hp is still available. Among the changes, Avalon will arrive with the redesigned floor pan and a new shape of the fuel tank.

This has to be done in order to accommodate a new prop shaft and new differential. The forthcoming 2021 Avalon AWD will deploy a Dynamic Torque Control system. It sends virtually all the power to the front wheels. However, if slip is detected, over 50% of the torque can be sent to the rear axle.

Avalon TRD

It is another new model, arrived this fall. The 2021 Toyota Avalon TRD won’t introduce further changes. It is the company’s famous trim level that makes every vehicle sportier and more aggressive. Avalon TRD is no different. It comes with a track-tuned suspension, larger brakes, and lower ride height.

Furthermore, aesthetics are more aggressive, and 19-inch alloy wheels are standard. TRD variant adds meaner look, unique front splitter and more massive rear diffuser. As for the performance, Avalon TRD is using the same 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 300 horses.

2021 Toyota Avalon TRD

2021 Toyota Avalon Price and Release Date

Next 2021 Toyota Avalon will hit the dealerships next fall. The new AWD system is available on XLE and Limited trim levels only. The price is not available yet. However, current Avalon XLE starts at $36,000 and Limited at $42,000. Adding the all-wheel-drive setup will cost you between $1,200 and $2,000.

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