Toyota completely redesigns Avalon sedan

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

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For iPhone users who want a new Toyota, however, the 2019 Avalon opens the floodgates.

Because it rides on the same TNGA platform as the 2018 Camry, the redesigned 2019 Avalon also benefits from numerous Camry's advances in powertrain and platform engineering.

The 2019 Avalon's design features more creases and angularity-perhaps following the Nissan Maxima ever so slightly-and is longer, lower, and wider than before. For example, the interior now has available Yamaha-sourced wood trim and aluminum accents, not to mention more and more of the soft-touch materials that help separate a premium auto from an ordinary one.

Until the Monday debut of the 2019 Toyota Avalon at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the Japanese automaker had resisted allowing smartphone operating systems access to its infotainment systems, citing security concerns. Toyota has also added a Sport drive mode and Sequential Shiftmatic technology for the first time ever on the Avalon Hybrid.

On the driving front, the 2019 Avalon will offer an upgraded version of Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 as well as the four-cylinder hybrid powertrain also offered in the Camry.

Speaking to MacRumours, the company said all new Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Entune 3.0 and Enform 2.0 multimedia systems will include support for CarPlay.

The redesigned Avalon rides on Toyota's TNGA architecture, which also underpins the mid-size Camry. Toyota claims that the V6 will be more powerful and more fuel efficient thanks to direct injection and variable valve timing, but does not quote any specific figures.

Even when Toyota switched to another company's system in 2016, it was to adopt Ford's SmartDeviceLink app platform, not Apple or Google's software.

The 2019 Avalon will be available in four trims: the new XSE and Touring, which have an aggressive flair, or the XLE and Limited models, which Toyota describes as more "opulent".

The system's new 9-inch capacitive touchscreen can be pinched and flicked, just like personal mobile devices. Toyota says it took a philosophy of "Technical Beauty" in crafting the new Avalon.

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 has told us that the 2019 Avalon will go on sale in late Spring of this year, but it thus far remains mum on pricing.

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