Large sedan sales may be down, but land yachts are far from dead and the 2019 Avalon wants you to know it. Case in point, the flagship of the Toyota lineup took to the Detroit Auto Show stage this week to show off its new set of well-polished wheels.
Redesigned 2o19 Avalon
The new Avalon shares a new platform with the 2018 Camry and is roomier than the model it replaces. Like the general trend these days it’s longer, lower and wider, too, plus more aerodynamic. Avalon also introduces Toyota’s most advanced headlights to date. The optional LED adaptive headlights on the XLE and XSE have a cluster of three reflectors for Daytime Running Lights and low- and high-beam functions.
Drivers can choose from four trims: the base XSE, Touring, XLE and Limited trim. The Hybrid versions come in three trims: XLE, Limited, and XSE.
Changes Under the Hood
A new 3.5-liter V6 engine sits under the hood. An updated hybrid powertrain is also an option. Other hardware news comes in the form of adaptive variable suspension. All trims but the Touring come with three drive modes. The Touring is the most adventurous of the bunch with four drive modes and real-time damping control for sharper handling. Engineers also want the Avalon to sound good. It has active noise control, an intake sound generator, and engine sound enhancement.
More Luxurious Cabin
Inside, Toyota’s added more high-quality materials like Yamaha-sourced wood, leather, and aluminum trim. The Avalon comes with a respectable 9-inch infotainment touchscreen. Limited and Touring models also come with a standard color 10-inch head-up display, a safety feature we think should be standard on models everywhere.
The Avalon also steps up its tech game, introducing brand new tech to the brand, including Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay. You get Toyota’s Entune 3.0 system plus a 1200-watt JBL sound system is also available. Add to all that, Toyota says it’s also made the cabin quieter by adding more sound absorption material
Toyota Safety Tech
2019 Avalon comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). Technologies include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA); and Automatic High Beams (AHB). Additional standard safety technology includes Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Back Guide Monitor (BGM).
If you want even more safety you can spring for Panoramic View Monitor with Alert (PVMA) and Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS), which now includes a Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) system.
The 2019 Toyota Avalon goes on sale in late spring. Pricing is still to be announced.
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