The rumors were true: Toyota showcased their all-new and entirely flabbergasting Avalon sedan at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Toyota’s flagship was in the spotlight for what felt like an eternity, and it’s easy to see why considering it’s as sophisticated a car as we’ve seen come out of Toyota’s U.S. assembly lines. Designed for the typical Toyota fanboy yet modernized to fit into the next-gen driveway, the 2019 Avalon was a sight to behold.
Myriad Toyota-First Additions
For the avid Avalon enthusiast—we know you’re out there—Toyota has thoroughly updated this new model with you in mind. Included as either standard or optional in the 2019 Avalon is a slew of new or upgraded features.
- Apple CarPlay is a (frankly) needed addition to draw in the millennial-turned-parent crowds, as is Entune 3.0 integration with Amazon Alexa via Toyota Remote Connect. (Why is Android Auto not enabled? Ask Toyota’s lawyers.)
- Dynamic Auxiliary Turn Signals are proverbial back-watchers at night, as they click-click in sequential patterns to alert all other drivers that you’re coming through.
- Adaptive LED Cornering Lights illuminate around turns or into other lanes when you make steering adjustments.
- Aluminum and genuine Yamaha wood trim are lustrous inclusions to the cabin.
- Adaptive Variable Suspension keeps even the bumpiest bumps at bay, and Engine Sound Enhancement limits wind noise and engine drone.
- A largest-in-class 10-inch touchscreen adorns the dash on Limited and Touring models and can be pinched, flicked, and swiped.
- The slimmed-down central stack includes standard wireless device charging and 3 USB ports (2 others are in the back).
- A standard 14-speaker audio system—the most in the segment—is tailored by JBL to offer 7.1 channel surround sound at 1200 watts.
- Toyota Safety Sense P is always nice to have and includes favorite features like dynamic cruise control and pre-collision warnings, among others.
Under the Hood of the New Avalon
Base 2019 Avalons will come with a standard 3.5L V6 that will likely churn out over 300 horsepower. It will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the fourth generation’s 6-speed. The new 8-speed includes a torque converter to give the driver more feeling in the steering wheel when gears shift. Pop up into the XSE or Touring trim, and you’ll get optional wheel-mounted paddle shifters to provide even more thrills.
As rumored, the Avalon will also come in hybrid form. An efficient 2.5L four-cylinder Toyota Hybrid System works in tandem with a 650v electric motor and Toyota’s praised CVT. New for 2019 is an enhanced battery pack. More compact than its predecessors, this Toyota battery is fastened under the rear passenger seat rather than the trunk. A lightweight Power Control Unit reduces energy consumption by an estimated 20%, which should excite the Newton-to-NYC commuters.
When Will the 2019 Toyota Avalon be Available?
Toyota is setting a 2018 sale date of late spring, and your new Toyota dealers should be showcasing the Avalon from day one. We invite you to come take it for a test drive! To keep informed on the release date of the 2019 Avalon in Newton, NJ, be sure to monitor our Toyota inventory. Or simply call Toyota World of Newton at (973) 459-4442 to ask us for updates.
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