Look out folks, two of the best selling cars out there are getting special editions for the new model year. Toyota is amping up the 2016 Camry and Corolla, debuting both cars, as well as the refreshed 2016 Toyota Avalon, at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.
The Camry was redesigned in 2015, and the 2016 Special Edition promises to add an extra dose of sportiness and youth. Not only will buyers get everything available on the Camry SE, they’ll also get 18″ alloy wheels, sunroof, pushbutton start, Qi wireless charging, special exterior colors, and upgraded seating and audio components.
The 2016 Camry Special Edition will get a 2.5L 4-banger with a 6-speed automatic transmission, presumably the same that is in the 2015 model. The fact that Camry is currently available in a V6 begs the question if Toyota is serious about giving this Special Edition a shot of aggression or not.
The Camry Special Edition will be available in August of 2015. No word as to pricing yet, but the run will be limited to 12,000 units.
The Corolla is currently in its 11th generation and has been the best selling car in the world for some time. The 2016 Corolla Special Edition will be based on the S Plus trim line. Toyota promises a more lively driving experience. Features will include paddle shifters, Sport Mode, 17″ wheels, rear disc brakes, pushbutton start, special exterior colors, and some additional interior style motifs. Sunroof, navigation, and premium audio will be optional.
No word yet on what will power this little dynamo, but expect it to be the same 1.8L 4-cylinder currently available in the Corolla. Most likely we’ll see the Special Edition with a continuously variable transmission, but we can hope for a 6-speed manual.
The Corolla Special Edition will be available August 2015 and will be limited to 8,000 units. Pricing has not been announced.
We’ll also get a glimpse of the refreshed 2016 Toyota Avalon at the Chicago Auto Show. All the details about the Avalon will be published at 2:45pm CST.
You can watch the press conference live at www.tflcar.com on Thursday, February 12 at 2:30pm CST.
Prior to the 2016 Toyota Avalon’s debut, check out this TFLcar 0-60 MPH review of the current-generation V6 Avalon: