Compete with: Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Nissan Maxima
It seems that: The Avalon saw the new Camry haircut and was the same barber
Transmission: The gas versions get a 3.5-liter V-6 coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission; the hybrids get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a dual electric motor hybrid system that sends power through a continuously variable automatic transmission
Delivery Concessions: End of Spring 2018
For the Model year 2018, Toyota gave its Camry mid-size sedan an extensive redesign while its older brother, the Avalon, had to sit and wait. Well, the wait is over for the Avalon, and the 2019 model – which appeared at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit – arrives with the same treatment that the Camry received.
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That means a completely new look, a transition to the Toyota New Global Architecture platform and some new technology tricks up my sleeve that have me applauding. Let's see the details of the cause of the applause.
There will be no confusion with the Avalon 2019 for any of the previous versions. The style changes are exhaustive and the 2019 edition is longer, shorter and wider. Old Avalon also had an uncomfortable division between his grille and the lower air opening, which the new car simply fixes by joining the two together. The Limited and XLE models feature a dark gray grille with a chrome trim (seen in the silver car in the gallery above) while the XSE and Touring have a black piano mesh grille (seen in the blue car in the gallery above). ) which is more striking attention.
The sides and back of the car were also changed, adding angles and folds in the body work that make the Avalon look much more aggressive. I'm not sure how that matches the more austere appearance and driving experience of the Avalon in previous models, but we can at least say it's more interesting.
New LED headlamps with adaptive curve LED lamps that activate when the Wagon controls to provide better visibility in that direction are also standard on the Limited and Touring models.
The center console opens through a new vertically oriented panel that rests on two support beams on each side of the shift lever. The panel contains climate and multimedia controls, and divides the dashboard in two.
The most exciting thing for us will be the updates of the multimedia system, which has a 9-inch touch screen. Toyota has also added Apple CarPlay as standard in Avalon, although Android users have not yet had luck. Another new feature for 2019 is connectivity with compatible devices with Amazon Alexa, which allows the user to lock and unlock doors, turn on the engine remotely or check fuel levels from any Alexa-compatible device. The charging options are numerous: there are five total USB ports, one for each passenger.
Other highlights of the interior include a wireless charging pad, available 10-inch pull-down screen, Wi-Fi wireless connection capability and a new color upholstered leather Cognac in Limited models.
Under the Hood
The Avalon 2019 will have two new powertrains, one a V-6 and the other a hybrid system for the Avalon Hybrid. Toyota has not yet published the power figures of any of the power trains, but we do know some details: the 3.5-liter V-6 engine will be coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission that includes paddles of change and pairing of revolutions in V-6-equipped XSE and Touring models.
The Avalon Hybrid will use a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine in combination with a hybrid dual-motor electric system, coupled with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The battery has been moved from the trunk to under the rear seat, which should open more cargo space.
Toyota has also introduced a new adaptive variable suspension for the Touring models, which adjusts the damping forces in real time to limit the body roll while absorbing road imperfections. All Avalons also get a new multi-link rear suspension with thicker stabilizer bars and stiffer spring rates in an effort to increase the Avalon's handling prowess.
The Toyota Safety Sense P comes standard on the Avalon. This safety system includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane maintenance assistance and automatic high beams. Blind spot warnings, an enclosed vision camera system, parking sensors and a rear cross braking system are also available.
The 2019 Avalon will hit dealerships in late spring.
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