The stately Avalon sedan from Toyota has changed generations in time for the official presentation in front of the worldwide audience of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The larger brother of the popular Camry, the Avalon ups the ante on luxury compared to the no-frills situation of the predecessor, and also arrives with more power and better fuel economy. Naturally, the new generation Avalon switches to the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, and also builds upon its dimensions – 2.0 inches longer wheelbase, plus 0.7 inch to overall length, width has increased by 0.8 inch and height has been brought down by an inch. The design is a careful rehash of the Camry, with XSE and Touring models ready for the sporty given their “more aggressive” stance.
The 2019 Avalon, thanks to TNGA, now comes with a high-tech rear suspension setup, and on the Touring trim level the new Adaptive Variable Suspension comes standard. The NVH levels are also kept to a minimum – complete with active noise cancellation technology, although Toyota also includes “noise makers”: “Intake Sound Generator” and “Engine Sound Enhancement”, which use the JBL sound system for more engine noise. The standard powertrain is the new V6 with 3.5-liter that uses Toyota’s D4-S dual fuel-injection system, though exact figures haven’t been given yet. Also new is the eight-speed automatic, along with the hybrid powertrain, which mixes a 2.5-liter inline-four engine with two motor-generators, with a nickel-metal hydride battery pack.