Toyota Avalon First Look: The Next Big Toyota

  • Toyota Avalon First Look: The Next Big Toyota

Toyota Avalon First Look: The Next Big Toyota

Design wise, the new Avalon wears an even larger grille, slimmer headlights, more sharp creases on its sides and a more modern rear end.

Toyota's new 2019 Avalon was just announced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and the new model includes a long-awaited and welcome addition: Apple's CarPlay platform, a first for a Toyota vehicle, according to AppleInsider.

The vehicle, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show 2018, features the automaker's newest Entune 3.0 infotainment platform, including the Toyota Connected Services. The new vehicle, the fifth-generation Avalon that Toyota has produced, has a bolder looking exterior and new 3.5-liter V6 or the Toyota Hybrid System II engine.

"Avalon is a strong indicator of our commitment to this evolving premium segment", said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division. Standard is the Entune 3.0 Plus infotainment system now available on the 2018 Camry, which includes a 9-inch capacitive touchscreen, a variety of smartphone connection apps and a Scout GPS navigation app.

Designed, developed and built in the USA, the Avalon competes with cars like the Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus and Kia Cadenza and in the shrinking market for large front-wheel-drive family sedans. Toyota's CarPlay implementation is wired so users will need to connect their devices via USB. Toyota also designed one of the Avalon's center-console cupholders to double as a device holder. The hybrid uses a CVT, and its batteries are now mounted under the back seat instead of the trunk. Toyota says this has allowed for a 7-inch increase in rear cabin room. Besides automatically adjusting the dampers based on current conditions, it is also altered by the Touring's exclusive array of drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, Sport+ and Custom.

On the safety front, standard features include pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high-beams, 10 airbags, stability control, traction control, ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, and a standard backup camera.

The Avalon will continue to be built at Toyota's Georgetown, Kentucky, plant and will arrive at dealerships late this spring.