Finally, the engineering and design teams at Toyota have given us an Avalon that solidly looks the Lexus ES in the face and turns around in the other direction. Despite slumping sedan sales, Toyota hopes that the new Avalon will help the company gain large car market share against the Buick LaCrosse, Kia Cadenza, and Chevrolet Impala. Here’s what you need to know.
1.) It looks a lot like the Camry. The freshly redesigned Toyota Camry launched last year and it shares a similar design chain with the new Avalon. Sharp angles, big grilles, and a more aggressive are hallmarks of both exteriors. They also share similar interior looks including the abundance of black accents in the center stack.
2.) There will be a hybrid variant. Avalon models that aren’t powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine will have a hybrid powertrain. The Avalon Hybrid is propelled by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 650-volt electric motor and a continuously-variable transmission.
3.). There’s a sporty trim line and a traditional trim line. Depending on how you like your Avalon to drive you’ll be able to choose from the sportier XSE and Touring, or more traditional XLE and Limited trims. Hybrid models will be available in XLE, Limited, and XSE grades.
4.) The Avalon will have a number of advanced safety technologies standard. Those technologies include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist; and Automatic High Beams, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Back Guide Monitor.
5.) The Avalon will be built in the U.S. All Avalons sold throughout the world will be assembled at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.
The 2019 Toyota Avalon will go on sale later this year. Pricing is expected to be announced closer to its arrival at dealerships nationwide.