Avalon Turns Heads in Detroit
The new fifth generation, 2019 Avalon is totally new from the ground up and is now stylish, attractive and very sophisticated.
DETROIT, MI: Toyota turned some heads with the introduction of the all-new 2019 Avalon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Avalon has been contently plodding along for nearly 25 years and at times seemed to have been overshadowed by its smaller more influential siblings the Camry and Corolla.
Not any more!
The new fifth generation Avalon is totally new from the ground up and is now stylish, attractive and very sophisticated.
Built on Toyota’s new Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the wheelbase has been stretched by 51mm while the body has only grown by 25 mm, it is also wider and lower than it predecessor. The hood appears longer with the cabin being placed further back with the rear deck being reduced dramatically.
Up front the available LED headlamps have been slimmed down and utilize three reflectors for Daytime running lights.
At the rear, the Avalon has quad exhaust tips added for the first time as well as the addition of sequential turn signals.
This certainly isn’t your run-of-the-mill full-sized sedan anymore. The bodylines are striking and combined with the lower profile make it appear far more athletic and streamlined.
Unlike other manufacturers Toyota have resisted the temptation to downsize to a four-cylinder engine and have powered the Avalon with a fuel-efficient 3.5-litre V6 engine matched now to an eight speed automatic transmission that puts the power down to the front wheels.
Toyota has split the trim levels into two categories – Sport and Luxury: XSE and Touring being part of the Sport package while XLE and Limited make up the Luxury.
A new multi link suspension has been added at the back with the standard suspension differing in firmness between trim levels with the Limited trim getting adaptive dampers (a first for Toyota).
Thicker stabilizer bars and stiffer springs have also been added to further enhance handling.
All models have three selectable driving modes (Eco, Normal, and Sport), with the Touring trim having the additional Sport+ and Custom modes. Each mode alters throttle calibration, steering, and engine sound.
The cabin has gone through a huge transformation.
The dash is minimalistic but very functional. The instrument panel now incorporates seven-inch Multi-Information Display that shows vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation, and various vehicle settings.
The Entune 3.0 infotainment system features a nine-inch touchscreen multimedia system that features Wi-Fi connectivity, and integration with smart watches and Amazon Alexa.
Apple CarPlay has finally been added across the trim levels for the first time in any Toyota vehicle.
Different material usage between grades is minimal; Limited features real wood trim with aluminum pieces compliment XSE’s cabins.
A mix of perforated ultra suede covers all seating in XSE. A quilt pattern, special perforation and two-color swatches are now available in the Limited.
The fit and finish as well as choices of high quality materials make the Avalon more akin to the Lexus side of the brand than that of Toyota.
Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes; Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology comes as standard.
The Avalon goes on sale this spring.
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