After months of teasing, Toyota has finally unveiled the all new Avalon sedan at the ongoing North America International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2018 in Detroit. The Japanese car-makers flagship sedan is making a comeback in its 5th generation avatar, with a major update. Underpinned by a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, and powered by a fuel-efficient 3.5-litre V6 powertrain, the 2019 Toyota Avalon has upped the premium quotient with its new design and technologically features.
For its fifth generation, the 2019 Avalon received an image makeover by Toyota's U.S.-based design, engineering, and manufacturing entities at Calty Design Research Inc. Simple horizontal character lines slice across the backside, at the top, center, and lower portions. Connected LED tail lamps shaped in a three-dimensional, "aero fin" style differentiate the landscape from the current iteration. A dark gray front grille with chrome border is a telltale sign of the XLE and Limited versions. So too are the machined-silver LED headlight bezels, body-color rearview mirror housings, and unique wheels ranging in diameter from 17 to 19 inches. Chrome badge letters, as well as dual exhaust with chrome tips individualize the grades.
Upon opening Avalon's doors, soft-touch materials are noticeable throughout. The low-profile center console is decorated in piano black trim; on the slim, tiered instrument panel leading into the doors; in the rear compartment, where doors and console mirror the impressive craftsmanship seen in the front cockpit. Deep curvatures in the doors' armrests provide passengers with ample surface area and comfort during long commutes. At the front seats, the thin panel houses Avalon's 9-inch multimedia system (MMS) displaying audio and navigation, and integrates the automotive climate control system.
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A three-spoke steering wheel welcomes drivers' eyes and hands with smooth, satin chrome-finish accents and conveniently placed multifunction controls. Visually, the wheel's aesthetic is neater, having a trimmed inner physique and smaller switch cluster, while hand grips have been enlarged. Cruise Control is now accessible on the wheel's right spoke. Also for the first time in Avalon, the steering wheel can be wrapped in a two-tone leather-surface when outfitted in Cognac or gray.
Under the hood, two new TNGA powertrains- a 3.5-litre V6 and a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Toyota Hybrid System II with 650-volt electric motor and CVT gearbox. It also gets an all-new 8-Speed Direct Shift-8AT automatic transaxle gearbox. Toyota has not yet revealed the exact power of these engines, but we expect it to be in the tune of 296 bhp and 362 NM of torque.