Improved handling, but no extra grunt for the retuned family sedans

The new Toyota Camry TRD and Avalon TRD models have been unveiled ahead of their in-the-flesh debut at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show.

Both cars are powered by the company's 3.5-litre V6. Although fitted with a cat-back exhaust, designed to offer a throatier idle and more noise under acceleration, power remains unchanged at 224kW.

The TRD-tuned Camry and Avalon both ride on stiffer suspension sitting 15mm closer to the road, and has been retuned for improved body control and steering precision.

Complementing this are new 19-inch alloy wheels, which are not only painted black, but are said to reduce overall unsprung weight by 5.6kg on the Camry and 8.2kg on the Avalon. These new rims are paired with Bridgestone Potenza 235/40 tyres.

Stopping performance has been improved, as the front brakes have gained an extra piston for the caliper, bringing the total to two, while the discs have grown 23mm to 328mm.

In their TRD versions, the large sedans sport a new front splitter, thicker side skirts, a rear diffuser and spoiler. The aero components have red pinstripes, while the brake calipers are painted red too.

Trainspotters will also notice the Camry TRD has a gloss black grille and a mesh insert, black badges, and polished stainless steel exhaust tips.

Both interiors feature plenty of red accents, including the stitching, seat belts and embroidered TRD logos. There's also a leather steering wheel, seats trimmed in a mix of fabric and synthetic leather, new floor mats, and stainless steel pedals.

In the US the Camry TRD and Avalon TRD go on sale during the third quarter of 2019.

Australia

"At this moment these variants are a US only proposition only which are not on our radar for introduction into Australia," a spokesperson for Toyota Australia said in a statement.