Toyota Avalon revealed | Bigger, sleeker and loads more tech

17 January, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • Toyota to debut Apple CarPlay integration with 2019 Avalon

The 2019 Avalon's exterior is now longer, lower and wider than before to give it a bolder look.

Avalon's LED taillights also implement laser ablation on Limited and Touring's units, as well as Dynamic Auxiliary Turn Signal. At the centre of the dashboard is a nine-inch touchscreen that-believe it or not-now integrates Apple CarPlay! CarPlay will be standard across the Avalon lineup, and we think it's safe to say you can count on it flowing into other Toyotas down the line.

CarPlay, which is slated to be included as a part of Toyota's Entune 3.0 system, will appear alongside such enhancements as Wi-Fi Hotspot capability, Qi wireless charging, along with Toyota's Remote Connect with Smartwatch and Amazon Alexa Connectivity. Sadly, Android Auto is not present.

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In addition to the central console's infotainment system, the Avalon has a 7.0-inch display in the instrument cluster to show vehicle information, navigation steps, and various vehicle and safety settings.

Safety-wise, every 2019 Avalon model comes with 10 standard airbags and a suite of safety features including enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, reverse camera and brake assist. A Panoramic View Monitor with Alert (PVMA) and an Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) are available as options.

Well, except for last year's Avalon Hybrid. The 3.5-liter V6 offered in the new Camry makes 301 horsepower, however, and it's safe to say the new Avalon will meet or exceed that figure.

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Powering the big sedan is either a 3.5-liter V6 or a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid electric system. Toyota claims the Avalon has a sporty suspension setup.

Brian Inouye, Toyota's Chief Product Owner for App-based & Connected Services, told The Car Connection in an emailed statement that the automaker's upcoming CarPlay integration is "consistent with Toyota's privacy principles".

The 2019 Avalon will be available in four trims: the new XSE and Touring, which have an aggressive flair, or the XLE and Limited models, which Toyota describes as more "opulent". Three variants will be offered, including XLE, XSE and Limited, and it's worth mentioning that the hybrid version is still reserved for the USA market. The 2019 model offers active variable suspension with adaptive damping, front and rear G sensors, and independent wheel control via shock-mounted solenoid control valves.

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