Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Toyota's Flagship Avalon Gets Makeover for 2019

Toyota's Flagship Avalon Gets Makeover for 2019

Apple CarPlay is on display this week at the International Auto Show in Detroit, and Toyota isn't the only company making news. One of the most expected additions to the new model is Apple's CarPlay platform which is a first for a Toyota vehicle. At least for the upcoming 2019 Toyota Avalon.

The vehicle, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 today, features the automaker's newest Entune 3.0 infotainment platform, including the Toyota Connected Services. Apart from a new infotainment system, the Avalon will also feature Toyota's first integration of smartwatch or Amazon Alexa-enabled device connectivity, as part of Toyota Remote Connect.

The new Toyota Avalon sits on the manufacturer's TNGA underpinnings (Toyota New Generation Architecture), just like its Prius and Camry peers.

Toyota's Avalon full-size sedan gets an aggressive new look, new engines and xxxxxx for 2019.

As for Android Auto and Apple Carplay, they will get implemented on Toyota's infotainment system starting next year but these phone pairing features won't be overriding Alexa. The new platform also allowed Toyota designers room to create a carved lower rocker panel behind the front wheels.

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Toyota's latest cars also come equipped with an impressive roster of active safety and driver-assist features, and here too the Avalon ups its game. In the smaller sedan, the V-6 is rated at 301 horsepower and the hybrid at 208 hp.

The safety features of the 2018 Avalon include pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high-beams, ten airbags, stability control, traction control, ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, and a standard reverse camera.

Designed, developed and built in the USA, the Avalon competes with cars like the Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus and Kia Cadenza and in the shrinking market for large front-wheel-drive family sedans. The V6 is mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid system sends its power to the ground via a CVT.

The Touring model gains Sport+ and Custom modes, as well as Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) dampers that provide real-time damping control to maximise agility and controllability.

Supporting CarPlay on the 2019 Avalon and Lexus is Toyota looking to slug it out with chief rivals in equal terms. Stay tuned for pricing and further information closer to its launch.

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