2019 Toyota Avalon sedan teased – debut next month
Toyota’s flagship sedan is creating a comeback in its fifth gen avatar, as the Avalon sedan will get a major update since 2012. Set to make its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2018, Toyota has released a teaser image of the front headlight of the new generation Avalon sedan suggesting the sedan will keep the two-tiered large grille from the previous generation. Along with the 2019 Avalon, Toyota will also showcase the 2018 Camry at the NAIAS 2018. When the new Camry was revealed at this year’s Detroit Motor Show, Toyota announced that it would supersede the Aurion here and that that model would be retired from Australia. The Camry sure seems to have all bases covered with its four-cylinder, hybrid four-cylinder and grunty V6 and, with the passenger car segment shrinking there might be no point bringing the Aurion back.
While the enterprise has not exposed much details of the 2019 Toyota Avalon, we assume it to be built on the Toyota New International Architecture (TNGA) platform, with underpinnings from the Camry, C-HR and Prius. Under the hood, the 2019 Avalon will continue with the same powertrain as its predecessor, a 3.5-litre engine coupled with a hybrid motor, while the 2.5-litre petrol engine teams up with an electric motor.
Currently, the flagship looks noticeably more conservative than Toyota’s other sedans. It’s unclear if buyers in this category will appreciate an especially bold design, although it seems to work for the Nissan Maxima. Expect the new Avalon to feature higher-end features than the current model, possibly including an available dual-panel moon roof and head-up display. Toyota hasn’t revealed power-train options for the new Avalon, but its probable the model will pack a V-6 engine generating over 300 hp. A hybrid option will also likely be available again for this generation. Hopefully a redesign will boost slowing Avalon sales in the U.S. Toyota has sold 30,156 copies during the first 11 months of the year, down 29.9 percent from the same period last year. In terms of safety features, the 2019 Avalon will come with Toyota’s Safety Sense technology that includes autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control.