Toyota Avalon (2019): new saloon breezes into Detroit

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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Drivers will appreciate the standard passive and active safety benefits through Toyota Safety Sense, Avalon's handling has been refined with Adaptive Variable Suspension, also a Toyota first, that, quite positively, has Avalon outperforming its peers in the full-size arena.

The fifth-generation Avalon's front and rear overhangs are shorter than on the outgoing fourth-gen model; side-quarter glass is elongated, and the C-pillar is more tapered at its downward angle.

Toyota's flagship four-door sedan will also be its first model in North America to offer integration for Apple iPhones. For example, the interior now has available Yamaha-sourced wood trim and aluminum accents, not to mention more and more of the soft-touch materials that help separate a premium auto from an ordinary one.

Either variant the customers choose, they get the new eight-speed Direct Shift automatic gearbox (fitted with a torque converter) for what Toyota describes as a "more enveloping and direct driving feel" over the current six-speed auto transmission.

The 2019 Avalon's exterior is now longer, lower and wider than before to give it a bolder look.

The larger brother of the popular Camry, the Avalon ups the ante on luxury compared to the no-frills situation of the predecessor, and also arrives with more power and better fuel economy.

It's unclear whether 2018 versions of vehicles with Entune 3.0 or Enform 2.0 will also be able to access CarPlay via a simple software update or whether Toyota plans to dangle CarPlay as an incentive for the latest cars in its various vehicle lines. The old rear suspension setup of a dual-link MacPherson strut has been replaced by a multilink setup, which has widened the track and lowered the Avalon's center of gravity. The tiered dashboard is accented with either faux wood trim on the XLE, real aluminium on the XSE and Touring or Yamaha-sourced real wood trim on the Limited. Toyota has also made improvements to the infotainment system, which is now shown on a nine-inch touchscreen.

Toyota has unveiled its all-new Avalon at the Detroit motor show that ushers in a sporty and luxurious approach for the previously conservative vehicle. A Panoramic View Monitor with Alert (PVMA) and an Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) are available as options. That's a lot of grunt for a seemingly cooking front-wheel drive saloon. The company will announce the pricing details and further information very soon.

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