Not produced or sold in Australia since 2005, the fifth-generation car is based on the Japanese brand’s recent Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and will be built and sold in the US.
Featuring a more athletic design with luxe interior appointments and some of the latest technology, the all-new Avalon moves closer to European rivals such as the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
The range is powered by an all-new 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid that puts its power through a CVT. No power or consumption figures have been released though Toyota says its new V6 provides even more power while, of course, being more efficient. The six-cylinder model also sounds sporty through an ‘Intake Sound Generator’ and ‘Engine Sound Enhancement’ system that plumbs fake exhaust noise into the cabin via the 14-speaker JBL sound system.
Joining the 1200 watt speakers are a new 9.0-inch infotainment system with five USB ports for connectivity, 10-inch heads-up display for the driver and 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster. Top-spec models also receive real timber panels and quilted and perforated leather trim that's joined by contrasting stitching.
Keeping up with its sporty intentions is a sports mode as well as Toyota’s first implementation of Adaptive Variable Suspension for better ride and handling. The new solenoid-based suspension provides 650 levels of dampening response that Toyota says “provides real-time damping control to maximize controllability and sharp handling while the astute setup reduces Avalon’s posture fluctuations under hard or sudden directional changes, limits body movements, and yet absorbs nasty road undulations for a comfortable, flat ride.”
Safety also gets a bump and the new sedan is fitted with 10 airbags, adaptive cruise control with pre-collision alert, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist with automatic steering, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and automatic highbeams.
Toyota’s new generation Avalon will go on-sale in America in the second-half of 2018.
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