With everyone in the USA shifting to crossovers, the full-size sedan market is not at its best right now. Nevertheless, Toyota made extra efforts to create an all-new Avalon that’s arguably sportier compared to its predecessor, and all the more luxurious, too.
You can’t deny that the all-new Avalon looks very sharp and sporty. Every bit of the Avalon’s old, stodgy, and boring image has been thrown out of the window, and Toyota went all out with this car. It’s hard to ignore the extremely large grille that’s taking up the majority of the front fascia. It’s flanked by aggressive LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. The side profile is sleek and muscular, with wide haunches and a coupe-like sloping roofline, and the rear end has a full LED strip that runs the entire width. Overall, the design is a lot more distinctive and premium than the previous generation model.
The interior is completely redesigned, with new materials, sculpted shapes, and a more luxurious atmosphere, thanks to quilted and perforated leather, and “Yamaha Wood” which we assume is wood from Yamaha’s musical instruments. There’s also a new 7-inch TFT LCD display sandwiched between the analog gauges, as well as an all-new 10-inch head-up display, which is said to be the largest in its segment. The all-new Avalon debuts Toyota’s new Entune 3.0 infotainment system. It finally has Apple CarPlay but no Android Auto. Additionally, it has Toyota Remote Connect with Smartwatch app, Amazon Aleza Connectivity, and audiophiles can select a 7.1 channel JBL sound system with 1,200 watts of power.
Underneath the new sheetmetal is an all-new platform by Toyota called TNGA-K, which is a more sophisticated version of Toyota’s new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) scalable platform. The new platform has enabled Toyota to make the Avalon drive like a sports sedan, yet ride like a Lexus, thanks to the new active variable suspension with adaptive damping, shock absorbers at each corner with solenoid control valves for independent wheel control. There are also front and rear G sensors, and a multilink setup at the rear to continuously monitor road conditions and driver inputs, as it makes constant adjustments to make the car stable and comfortable.
Powering the full-size sedan are two engine choices, an upgraded version of the all-new Camry’s 3.5 liter V6 D-4S engine mated to an 8-speed automatic, and a 2.5 liter Atkinson cycle petrol hybrid powertrain. No powertrain figures have been released, but as a perspective, these engines produce 301 hp and 362 Nm of torque, and 203 hp and 249 Nm of torque, in the Toyota Camry.
All Toyota Avalons are equipped as standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, which offers Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Automatic High Beams. Optionally, other driving assistance features available include Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Back Guide Monitor, Panoramic View Monitor with Alert, and Intelligence Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross Traffic Braking system.