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The Toyota Avalon and Camry Are Now AWD, But I'm More Interested in the Pictures

The Toyota Avalon and Camry Are Now AWD, But I’m More Interested in the Pictures

Toyota really outdid themselves on the AWD Avalon and Camry Pictures!

Toyota is super proud of the fact that it was able to pair the 2019 RAV 4’s AWD system with the 2020 Camry and 2021 Avalon. It’s also proud of the fact that AWD can be specified on most trim levels without adding too much weight (just 165 pounds for the Camry,) but what I’m more interested in are the pictures that Toyota released along with this news.

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Toyota Shows What the Avalon TRD Can Do With a Handbrake, But We Can't Have One

Toyota Shows What the Avalon TRD Can Do With a Handbrake, But We Can’t Have One

Would be nice to have that as an option, though, right?

The Toyota Avalon TRD proves that just because a model gets tagged as a luxury sedan, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a brooding, aggressive side. TRD’s inclusion in the model’s name should be your first hint that there’s something sinister hiding underneath that body. Your next hint, as far as this specific model is concerned, is the custom handbrake sitting where two cup holders are supposed to be found. This isn’t your typical Toyota Avalon, folks. This is a custom-built Avalon that’s in this world to drift. And drift it did with Toyota team member and Paralympic track and field athlete Jarryd Wallace getting to ride shotgun in the car with his father, Jeff Wallace, sitting in the back as drift specialist Ken Gushi took the Avalon TRD out for a few spills and thrills on a race track. Needless to say, the Wallace boys got more than what they bargained for. A lot more.

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The 2020 Toyota Highlander Debuts With an All-New Look and Better Efficiency

The 2020 Toyota Highlander Debuts With an All-New Look and Better Efficiency

Three rows inside, up to 34 mpg at the pump

The 2020 Toyota Highlander is here, breaking into a new fourth generation at the 2019 New York Auto Show. The Highlander was last updated in 2016 following the debut of the third-gen model in 2013, and now, with demand for family-friendly SUVs still booming, Toyota is infusing the nameplate with new styling, a revised cabin, cutting-edge tech goodies, and updates to the hybrid powertrain that yield even more bang for your buck.

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2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Toyota Highlander

A fourth generation for Toyota’s three-row mid-sizer

The previous third-generation Toyota Highlander debuted back in 2013, with a facelift performed in 2016 that added an eight-speed automatic transmission, an updated spec for the V-6 engine, and a few aesthetic upgrades as well. Since then, the Highlander has proven to be one of the brand’s most-popular nameplates, selling some 245,000 units in 2018. That means it’s time for Toyota to give the Highlander a full-fledged generation update for 2020. Making its big debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the latest fourth-generation Toyota Highlander brings new styling inside and out, a raft of fresh technology for infotainment and safety, and a number of powertrain updates as well. However, can it still stay at the top of the segment?

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Here's Your First Teaser for the All-New 2020 Toyota Highlander

Here’s Your First Teaser for the All-New 2020 Toyota Highlander

There can be only one

The Toyota Highlander is one of the Japanese automaker’s most successful nameplates, selling nearly 245,000 units just last year. No surprise then that Toyota is keen to keep it as fresh as possible, and with the current third-generation debuting way back in 2013, the Highlander is definitely overdue for a full update. As such, Toyota will introduce a new fourth-generation at the 2019 New York Auto Show next week, throwing in tweaked exterior styling, a new cabin, the latest infotainment and safety tech, and a few revisions to the powertrain to boot.

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Everything We Know About the 2020 Toyota Highlander

Everything We Know About the 2020 Toyota Highlander

The New 2020 Toyota Highlander Shapes Up To Be A Perfect Family Seven-Seater

Mid-Size, seven-seat SUVs are taking over our roads, our car parks, and our highways. There’s nothing we can do about the invasion of cars like the Palisade, the Telluride, the Explorer, and now the Toyota Highlander. What we can do, however, is ask manufacturers to make them as good as possible. That is why the scheduled introduction of the new 2020 Toyota Highlander at the 2019 New York Motor Show is such a big deal. The new Toyota Highlander should be the best Highlander to date and this is what we know about it.

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2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD

The Japanese giant comes out with an off-road version of its successful compact crossover

Toyota had an eventful time at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. It was not just the Sequoia getting honored with the TRD Pro badge, or Toyota presenting the 2020 Tacoma. The automaker revealed the TRD Off-road version of the RAV4. Toyota’s trusted compact crossover was beefed-up and launched with more off-road capability. Does the RAV4 TRD Off-Road make a compelling case for itself as an ’off-roader"?

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2020 Toyota Tacoma Arrives At Chicago With New Features And Mild Visual Updates

2020 Toyota Tacoma Arrives At Chicago With New Features And Mild Visual Updates

The best-selling mid-size pickup truck receives teeny-tiny updates on all the trims

Although the Sequoia made the news for being roped in by the TRD Pro division, let’s not sideline the best-selling mid-size pickup truck in the States. Toyota refreshed the Tacoma for the 2020 model and has brought it to Chicago. Although the visual changes may not be visible to a layman, there are a few cues that help differentiate the 2020 Tacoma from the 2019 model. The drivetrain, however, still remains the same. Should Toyota have bumped up the power figures a little bit?

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2019 Toyota RAV4 - Quirks and Features

2019 Toyota RAV4 - Quirks and Features

The Tech Laden SUV Sits At The Top Of The Compact SUV Food Chain

As one of the most anticipated Toyota vehicles in recent years, the newest 2019 Toyota RAV4 debuted as a completely redesigned model. With an all-new exterior, new modern-age interior, and more tech than ever, the new RAV4 managed to jump up the highest step in the imaginary hierarchy of the compact SUV segment in one swing. Safety was paramount for Toyota engineers, and the new RAV4 now has a full safety suit as standard. This includes features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure alert with steering assist. No other similar car has a safety suit as comprehensive as the one in the Toyota RAV4 in its standard form. Regardless of all the imaginable family-friendly features, the Toyota RAV4 somehow managed to stay cool with an appeal that never ends. Now, I’m going to give you 12 awesome facts about the new 2019 Toyota RAV4.

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2020 Toyota Avalon TRD and Camry TRD

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD and Camry TRD

Showing The Path Toyota Is Audacious Enough To Take

In its continuous pursuit of excitement that started sometime with the introduction of the latest Camry, Toyota revealed two cool cars - the Toyota Avalon TRD and the Toyota Camry TRD. These may be some of the most important products Toyota has ever unveiled. Not per se in terms of sales or market, but in terms of something far more important for us - car enthusiasts. The Avalon TRD and the Camry TRD are what the company wants to show the world - audaciousness.

See, before the latest 2018 Camry, Toyota’s car development process was always led by the engineer. The engineer was at the top of that imaginary car development food chain. For the latest Camry, it was the designer.

"We actually started with that 2-inch doodle," Ian Cartabiano, Toyota California Chief Designer said, "And it became sketch, bigger sketch, bigger sketch, model. But that original intention followed all the way through to the cars. It was totally new for us. There’s always been a designer, but the chief engineer has been the top guy. It was always just 100 percent engineering."

Obviously, not for the latest Camry.

Well, the Avalon TRD and the Camry TRD are basically an ultimate expression of the flamboyance Toyota wanted to express with the latest line of its cars. That was the main idea behind Akio Toyoda’s, Toyota CEO, comment back in January 2017. He said,

“Until now, there were times when Toyota’s cars were called ‘boring’ or were said to be lacking in character,” Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda told reporters of USA Today. “But I now feel that, in terms of driving and design, our customers have begun to favorably evaluate our cars.”

He said it just months after the unveiling of the latest Toyota Camry, a bold design exercise that seemed kinda risky compared with the Toyota styling habits of the past.

So, what do the tricked-out Avalon and Camry TRD bring to the table then?

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Lego Builds A Life-Size Toyota Camry Out Of Plastic Bricks and it's the Best Full-Scale Build Yet

Lego Builds A Life-Size Toyota Camry Out Of Plastic Bricks and it’s the Best Full-Scale Build Yet

An extremely accurate 1:1 creation, down to the badges and lights

We love a good Lego build as much as anyone, but this latest project from Toyota is pretty dang ambitious. It’s a life-size creation of the new Camry, and it’s got pretty much every detail of the curvaceous four-door perfectly recreated in brick form.

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Toyota to Showcase its New Corolla Hatchback (Auris) at the Geneva Motor Show

Toyota to Showcase its New Corolla Hatchback (Auris) at the Geneva Motor Show

Next-generation model has roots to the Scion brand

The Toyota Supra Concept may hog the headlines at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but there’s another Toyota model that’s headed to the big dance. That model also happens to be the next-generation hatchback version of the company’s best-selling model, the Corolla. It’s also known as the Auris in Europe, but just as that it’s important for the folks over there, it’s arrival in the U.S. — if it comes to that — will come with the car being called the Corolla iM.

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Toyota Ups the Ante With 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro

Toyota Ups the Ante With 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro

New TRD Desert Air Intake joins the options list

Toyota is giving its TRD Pro trio – Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner. – a mild update for the 2019 model year. The changes are mostly minor but help keep the already capable vehicles fresh in customers’ minds. That’s definitely needed considering how hot the off-road pickup segment is getting.

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Toyota Teases TRD Pro Lineup Ahead of Big Debut at Chicago Auto Show

Toyota Teases TRD Pro Lineup Ahead of Big Debut at Chicago Auto Show

2019 models will have even more off-road equipment

Toyota has just dropped a massive teaser of the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro in anticipation for its big debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. There, Toyota will be announcing updates to the entire TRD Pro lineup, which includes the Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner.

Currently, the only solid lead we have is the dusty image Toyota released of the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro. The glaringly obvious change is the snorkel mounted along the passenger-side A-pillar. It’s a big deal as it makes Toyota the only automaker to make a snorkel part of a production vehicle in the U.S. While we don’t know if the raised air intake will be an option or actually standard equipment, we’re definitely leaning toward the former. It’s worth noting, however, that Mopar does offer a snorkel kit for the Jeep Wrangler that can be installed by a Jeep dealership.

Technicalities aside, the snorkel will likely give the Tacoma TRD Pro a deeper water fording depth and should help to keep the air filter cleaner thanks to its higher, more dust-free location. Of course, Tacoma owners will have other components to worry about getting wet. Generally, things like computers, electrical connections, and interior bits don’t like getting wet.

Other updates to the TRD Pro lineup could include improved suspension systems, new wheel and tire combinations, updated traction management systems, and even new interior accents. Currently, TRD Pro models receive interior changes like TRD-branded shift knobs, floor mats, embroidered headrests, and other small niceties.

We will know way more come this Thursday, February 8. Toyota will have its press conference at 9 a.m. CST.

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2019 Toyota Avalon

2019 Toyota Avalon

Upscale touches, extra equipment, and a new everthing help the next-gen Avalon feel even classier

First introduced in 1994, the Toyota Avalon is the Japanese brand’s full-size sedan offering, seeing sales in North America, Puerto Rico, and the Middle East. Since its debut at the Chicago Auto Show back in the ’90s, a total of four generations have come and gone, and now, there’s a brand-new fifth-gen heading for the dealer lots. First making the scene at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Avalon is framed as “attainable premium,” or “mid-premium,” and Toyota hopes it’ll entice customers with an upscale, comfortable four-door package that won’t break the bank. Truth be told, the sedan bodystyle (especially full-size sedans) can be a hard sell these days, as consumers usually fulfill their seating-for-five requirements with some kind of high-riding SUV or crossover. Despite this, Toyota is confident the 2019 Avalon will be an exception to the rule thanks to its extensive list of upgrades, which include a variety of luxurious touches and technology enhancements that almost lend it a feeling of “Germaness” on the surface. Dig deeper, though, and you’ll find the Avalon stays true to its Japanese roots, with unique charactersitics throughout, as well as a hybrid option for those looking for extra dollars saved at the pump.

The new Avalon will go on sale later this spring, but until then, read on for the details.

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The New Toyota Avalon Is Basically A Grille On Wheels

The New Toyota Avalon Is Basically A Grille On Wheels

Would you like some car with that front end?

I remember when Lexus first came out with its enormous “spindle grille” feature, thinking to myself “well, that won’t last very long.” Now, here we are some seven years later, and the ginormous intake hasn’t receded in the slightest. In fact, it’s actually growing, and not just in size, either. The rest of Toyota’s lineup seems to be infected with enlarged grille syndrome, as is evidenced by the recently debuted 2019 Avalon that just dropped at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

This grille is simply massive. It stretches between the ends of the bumper like one of those giant rubber dam things that dentists use for root canals. The whole front end of the car is basically grille. Don’t get me wrong – I’ll take a strikingly assertive, arguably ugly design over something boring any day of the week. But I can’t help but take a step back and shake my head when I see this thing, like I just walked into the world’s biggest ball of twine or something. I mean, what the hell is the point.

Granted, the styling actually does its job, as it certainly makes the Toyota stand out from the crowd. Indeed, just one glance is more than enough to confirm the car’s origin. However, I’m worried scientists will start pointing their telescopes at it thinking they just discovered a new black hole.

What do you think of the new front end on the 2019 Toyota Avalon? Let us know in the comments.

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Japan Gets a Cooler Version of the Camry, and it's Even Offered in TRD Form

Japan Gets a Cooler Version of the Camry, and it’s Even Offered in TRD Form

If you’re into big grilles and Camrys, Japan is the place you wanna be

When Toyota pulled the sheet off of the 2018 Camry at the Detroit Auto Show a few months back, we were quite literally stunned by what sat in front of us. The crappy econobox from the late 80s and early 80s has officially grown up. So much so, in fact, that we even took the time to compare it to the Mercedes E-Class. It actually fared pretty well. But see, here’s the thing. Over in Toyota’s home country of Japan, the Camry has a slightly different face, and even more important than that, it’s going to be offered in TRD and Modellista form too!

As far as the Japanese version of the Camry, there really aren’t too many differences to note. It does have a different fascia with a much larger grille. As such, it gets rectangular fog lights and a sporty lip at the bottom. The headlights are also more toned and feature clear side markers. Around back, it gets a different rear fascia and a different set of tail lights. Whether or not it’s more attractive is a matter of opinion, but one thing that I can say for sure is that I want to know when we’re getting the TRD and Modellista versions here in the U.S. See, the TRD gets a much larger lip, sportier side skirts and a new lip in the rear as well – basically a four-piece lip kit. There’s no word on any performance enhancements, but with the TRD badge being prominently displayed, I certainly hope there are some. As for the Modellista, it gets some healthy doses of chrome and likely offers up more luxurious materials inside.

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Toyota Teases All-New 2018 Camry Ahead of Detroit Auto Show

Toyota Teases All-New 2018 Camry Ahead of Detroit Auto Show

Big vents and LED taillights are clearly visible in teaser shot!

Toyota has released a teaser shot of the 2018 Camry ahead of the 2017 North American International Auto Show happening in January in Detroit, Michigan. No details were provided with the image other than the descriptor of “all-new.” Yep, apparently Toyota’s hot-selling sedan is getting a ground-up overhaul.

The image might not show much, but what is visible is rather appealing. The new LED taillights have a racetrack-style design that swoops and curves around the light housing. The prominent vertical vent bisects the taillight, created a rather dynamic piece of design. We doubt the vent is functional, but it can’t hurt to hope.

Also clearly seen are sharp character creases running horizontally down the body. Two heavy creases are seen coming off the top of the rear fender and another that runs through the fender, briefly interrupted by the wheel arch. These lines run into the truck lid and give the Camry’s tail a muscular appearance.

Also of note is the C-pillar. It has an interesting C-like shape to it far different than the current Camry. This leads up to think Toyota’s “all-new” claim isn’t just marketing speak. The XSE trim level badge is seen on the truck, denoting this is the Camry’s sportiest model. A tall decklid spoiler is present as well, likely accompanying the XSE badge. The wheels are visible as well and feature machined faced front and dark-painted pockets, all wrapped in low-profile tires.

We’ll have to wait until Detroit to see the rest of the 2018 Camry, but if the rest of the car looks as good as the XSE’s rear quarter, Toyota should have a hit on its hands.

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2017 Toyota Corolla – Driving Impression And Review

2017 Toyota Corolla – Driving Impression And Review

Improving the commuter box

Now well into its fiftieth year of production, you’d think Toyota has had more than enough time to perfect the Corolla. Indeed, the buying public certainly seems to think the Japanese automaker is doing something right, with over 43 million units sold and eleven generations produced since the model was first introduced in the fall of 1966. In fact, the Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, which you might think is reason enough to celebrate with something new and wild. Thing is, Toyota isn’t really looking to fix something that ain’t broke, which means 2017 brings slight tweaks to the Corolla’s exterior styling, new gear for the interior, and a limited-run 50th Anniversary Special Edition model. However, the biggest upgrade is in the safety department, where the Corolla now boasts a raft of upgraded technology as standard across the line.

I recently got a chance to drive the 2017 Corolla in Ojai, California, and I walked away feeling content, but uninspired. You see, the Corolla is a very solid little compact sedan. It does everything it’s supposed to do – it’s comfortable, well equipped, and with a huge range of trim levels on offer, affordably priced for pretty much any budget. But it’s quite telling when the biggest news is nestled away in the safety section of a review…

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Nissan, Honda And Toyota Will Go Turbo

Nissan, Honda And Toyota Will Go Turbo

As emissions and fuel-economy standards become more stringent, many of the world’s automakers have been busy adding turbochargers to their engine packages. And while the majority of American and European makers are already quite turbo-heavy, the big three Japanese brands (Nissan, Honda and Toyota) don’t offer many boosted vehicles. The reason? It simply hasn’t been necessary until now.

Speaking to Automotive News, Ed Kim, Vice President of Industry Analysis at AutoPacific, said that Japanese carmakers didn’t need to adopt widespread turbocharging because they had “less to prove to the buying public,” offering high efficiency without the technology.

“The Japanese were able to afford to not be at the absolute cutting edge of powertrain technology for a few years,” Kim said.

However, as older internal-combustion technology begins to reach its limits, Nissan, Honda and Toyota will seek the integration of turbochargers on a broader scale over the next five years or so. 

Honda seems to be the most eager in this regard, bringing in a boosted 1.5-liter four-cylinder for the new Civic and later versions of the Accord and CR-V. These three models accounted for 1 million sales and 68 percent of Honda’s volume last year, and consequently contributed heavily towards the automaker’s emissions and fuel-economy regulations compliance levels.

Toyota will offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as a replacement for the V-6 used in models like the Camry and Lexus IS. However, its existing naturally aspirated four-cylinders will remain, instead gaining other efficiency-increasing internal combustion technologies and the use of continuously variable transmissions (CVTs).

Finally, Nissan will also utilize more CVTs, and while more turbos are slated to arrive sometime in the future, they are expected to appear more slowly than those coming from Honda and Toyota. Current forced-induction Nissan products include the Juke and GT-R.

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2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition

2016 Toyota Camry Special Edition

For the past 13 years, the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in America, thanks to a well-appointed interior, non-offensive exterior design, acceptable performance figures, and of course, bulletproof reliability.

But to stay at the forefront of vehicle sales for that long requires a constant cycle of refreshes. For 2015, Toyota rejuvenated the Camry by re-engineering nearly 2,000 parts, leaving “only the roof” unchanged. These alterations included new interior materials and equipment, an updated suspension, and revised exterior styling.

Now, Toyota is ready to debut a limited-production, special edition of America’s favorite four-door at the Chicago Auto Show next week. On top of the 2015 redesign, the Japanese automaker hopes to inject the Camry with “an extra dose of both aggressiveness and technology.”

Based on the new Camry SE, this special edition adds several new features to both the cabin and exterior, creating a Camry that, Toyota feels, should stand above the rest.

Updated 07/17/2015: Toyota announced prices for the Camry Special Edition, which will be produced between August 2015 and January 2016. Prices will start from $25,715 and Toyota will build only 12,000 units.

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2015 Toyota Avensis

2015 Toyota Avensis

Toyota launched the Avensis in 1997 as a replacement for the Carina E. Although the first-gen sedan was largely a revamped Carina with new styling, the Avensis proved a sales success for Toyota Europe. Redesigned in 2003 and again in 2009, the Avensis grew in size and advanced in terms of technology, power, and fuel economy, ultimately becoming a strong competitor for the likes of the Ford Mondeo, Mazda 6 and the Volkswagen Passat. At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Toyota launched the fourth-generation Avensis, a significantly improved iteration built on the same MC platform.

Redesigned to mirror the recent updates of the Corolla and Camry sedans, the new Avensis boasts a more modern and youthful appearance in the wake of Ford and Mazda launching redesigned mid-size sedans of their own in Europe. The drivetrain lineup is as diverse as it ever was, consisting of both gasoline and diesel engines, as well as manual and CTV transmissions. The revamp also brings noteworthy improvements in output and fuel economy, as well as a number of new creature comforts and tech features.

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Toyota Plans TRD Expansion

Toyota Plans TRD Expansion

As the largest car company in the world, Toyota stands as a titan above the rest of the industry, but it has a pretty big problem: Its customers keep getting older. Toyota has made moves to address the trend in the past, the biggest of which was establishing Scion as a youth-oriented brand, but FR-S aside, that plan sort of backfired.

Now, Toyota might be implementing yet another new strategy to get the attention of millennials. Speaking with Automotive News at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota General Manager Bill Fey divulged potential plans to leverage the TRD brand (Toyota Racing Development) into a few existing models, most likely starting with the Camry.

"I think we’d probably start with Camry and see if there is a little magic we could work with some of the TRD equity that we have," said Fay. "Camrys are out there during season racing every Saturday and Sunday in NASCAR. So, I think there’s a logical fit there." A Camry TRD could arrive by the end of 2015.

Fay didn’t elaborate much on what a Camry TRD would look like, but did suggest some NASCAR-inspired modifications were being looked at. We wouldn’t expect to find an 850-horsepower V-8 from a Sprint Cup racer under the hood, but a sportier suspension, a more-aggressive appearance package and a slight bump in power seem likely.

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