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Guess who was introduced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this week? The 2019 Toyota Avalon.
Toyota's flagship sedan is entering its 5th generation with a major Toyota New Global Architecture update, making NAIAS the perfect platform for previewing the luxury vehicle. Today, our Greater Vancouver dealership is sparing you a trip to Motor City by sharing a sneak peak of this exciting new car, below.
5 Exciting Things You Need to Know About the New 2019 Toyota Avalon
The first thing you'll notice about the new Avalon is the long, low-slung, and wider musculature that Toyota New Global Architecture delivers. The lines are taut, but work to draw a sleek silhouette. Even the door handles received careful treatment, designed to coincide with the sedan's bold new character. Distinct touches such as the carved lower rocker panel behind the front wheels visually hint at the power and flow of the vehicle. The available all-LED projector headlights are sharp and slim, conveying sportiness and elegance while pointing to the new wide, modern grilles that have not only been built for aesthetics, but air-slicing aerodynamics. On the back, you'll find LED tail lamps in a three-dimensional shape with "aero fin" style that tells those trailing behind that they're witnessing something special on the road ahead.
One of the best things on the surface about this Avalon upgrade, is the exterior differences between the different grades. For instance, the XLE and Limited come with a dark gray front grille with chrome border, machined-silver LED headlight bezels, distinctive 17 and 19-inch wheels, chrome badging, and dual exhaust with chrome tips among other accents. On the flip side, you've got the XSE and Touring (pictured above), made notable by a piano black mesh grille, machine-finish and gloss black wheels, a trunk lid spoiler, black badging, and a lower diffuser set above and between quad tailpipes. For the Limited and Touring, you'll experience some impressive Toyota firsts - an adaptive LED Cornering lamp and a Dynamic Auxiliary Turn Signal along with Signature DRL and a Parking Light with Technical Laser Ablation.
Superior Fuel Efficiency in More Ways Than One
Whether you opt for the powerful 3.5-liter V6 or Toyota Hybrid System powertrain with 650-volt electric motor and Continuously-Variable Transmission, the new Avalon is one of the most fuel efficient luxury sedans on the market.
The V6 version delivers more power with lower fuel consumption thanks to the application of D-4S direct injection and an updated Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide variable valve timing system. The result is optimal torque at all engine speeds with minimal pumping loss, which ultimately boosts fuel efficiency.
Managing efficiency is seamless in all Hybrid grades, as the new Hybrid System Indicator shows the sedan's real time regeneration status in CHG (charge), ECO (economy), or PWR (power) mode. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine is more fuel efficient that any Avalon before, and runs cleaner than ever. This is made possible thanks to more advanced engine technologies, including Toyota's Dual VVT-i with a Variable Valve Timing intelligent system, a superior Direct injection 4-stroke gasoline engine, direct injection and laser-clad valve seats, a longer stroke, a high compression ratio, multi-hole direct fuel injectors, a variable cooling system, a cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation system, and a full variable oil pump to boot.
The 2019 Avalon's EPA rating has yet to be released, but given that both iterations (V6 and Hybrid) present the most fuel efficient Avalons to date, you can be certain that the sedan will surpass the current cap of 40 mpg combined.
The Most Luxurious Interior to Date
The 2019 rendition of the upscale sedan includes the ritziest interior yet, edging closer to its cousin, the Lexus. The cabin's characteristic low-profile legacy is extended literally and figuratively, by an extra 7-inches in the rear. The height measurements have been trimmed oh-so slightly, yet enough to emphasize the ride's laid back but sporty stature.
The available Yamaha-sourced wood-trim complements the standard soft-touch materials found throughout the aluminum accented cabin, while the gorgeous piano black center console draws attention to the suite of tech features (more on this below) that further drive the car to unparalleled territory. While material differentiation between the grades (XLE, XSE, Limited, and Touring) is minimal, some may opt for the Limited for the cognac colored leather-surfaces alone.
Enhancements and New Firsts in Auto-infotainment
Toyota has answered public demand, and made Apple CarPlay a standard feature (using a wired iPhone connection) in the new Avalon, and it beams brighter than ever on the sedan's 9-inch touchscreen interface which displays audio, navigation, and climate control system information. USB charging ports (5 in total) have been better positioned within the vehicle, and passengers also gain easy access to a slide-open eBin which contains a 12-volt plug and a now standard wireless Qi mobile device charger.
The standard or available (depending on grade) JBL performance audio system features 8-speakers on the XLE and XSE and a mind-blowing 14-speakers on the Limited and Touring,
Wealth of Driver Conveniences
The three-spoke steering wheel with satin chrome-finish accents boasts multifunction controls that allow you to make adjustments without diverting attention from the road, with Cruise Control now more accessible on the right spoke of the wheel. The 7-inch Multi-Information Display delivers important vehicle information in a pleasing manner, with turn-by-turn navigation and additional driver-focused settings.
If you opt for the Limited and Touring, you'll enjoy the standard color 10-inch Head-Up Display (HUD). The 2019 Avalon's HUD projects (onto the windshield) essential information, including vehicle and engine speeds, turn-by-turn directions, audio settings, and drive mode.
Things get really exciting for Avalon XSE and Touring drivers, where you'll find optional steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that provide quick access to gear selection. When downshifting, the XSE/Touring gearbox automatically "rev-matches" to allow smoother shifts.
To complement the athletic stance of the 2019 Avalon and treat drivers a truly sportier experience, Toyota has introduced some new firsts, including Adaptive Variable Suspension, Intake Sound Generator, grade-specific exhaust baffle tuning, Active Noise Control, and Engine Sound Enhancement.
And to top it all off, the Avalon gives drivers and their passengers peace of mind with the standard Toyota Star Safety System and Toyota Safety Sense P, which also comes available with a new Panoramic View Monitor with Alert, Intelligent Clearance Sonar, and a Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) system.
Get in line to get your hands on the steering wheel of the 2019 Toyota Avalon as it nears arrival on the lot of our Greater Vancouver dealership. Contact us to put your name on the list, or to schedule a test drive in one of the other amazing new vehicles that we currently have on inventory.