Nip/Tuck: Special edition Toyota Camry and Corolla, facelifted Avalon Chicago-bound

The 2015 Detroit Auto Show will be the display case for exciting concepts, rip-roaring performance cars, and eye-catching production vehicles.

Unfortunately, none of those will be discussed here … sorry.

Toyota has revealed special editions of the Camry and Corolla, which will debut at the event on February 12th.

The Camry is America’s best-selling car, and the Special Edition gets what Toyota calls “an extra dose of both aggressiveness and technology.”

In practical terms, that means exclusive 18-inch alloys, smoked tails, bespoke blue interior stitching, and new seats. The limited model also equips Qi wireless smartphone charging and a refreshed gauge cluster. It will be available in either Blizzard Pearl or the new Blue Streak Metallic finish.

The smaller Corolla, which is in desperate need of a lowering kit, is based on the S trim. It features 17-inch wheels with a gloss black finish, red interior accents, a push button start, and Toyota’s EnTune infotainment system. Color choices will be Absolutely Red, Super White and Black Sand Pearl.

The duo will produced in small numbers (for Toyota), meaning 12,000 Camrys and 8,000 Corollas will be made. Both editions will begin production in August and be offered for about five months.

Also headed for the event is the 2016 Avalon. Currently in its fourth generation, the facelifted sedan now incorporates the wide-mouthed front fascia seen on the latest Camry, Corolla, and Yaris.

Toyota Avalon 2016

The Avalon also wears vertical LED foglights and will likely have a spruced-up interior as well. Engine choices will probably carry over, which means two options: a 3.5-liter V6 making 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, or a hybrid 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a combined output of 200 hp.


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