Toyota Motor Corp. brought the 2019 Avalon, which is underpinned by a Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) powertrain and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 to Toyota Hybrid Systems powertrain, to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Detroit’s Cobo Center.
The fifth-generation Avalon is equipped with Apple CarPlay, dynamic auxiliary turn signals, available authentic Yamaha wood and aluminum cabin accents, and engine sound enhancement. The vehicle also has standard passive and active safety features including Toyota Safety Sense and adaptive variable suspension.
Designed to be powerful and fuel conscious, Avalon’s four-cylinder engine is paired with a new Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain that utilizes two motors to supplement the hybrid system’s nickel-metal hydride battery pack, while the second assists the engine.
The 2019 Avalon received its makeover from Toyota’s U.S. based engineering, design, and research entities at Calty Design Research Inc. in Ann Arbor, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development in Saline, and Toyota Manufacturing in Kentucky. The vehicle’s development was inspired by “authenticity and inspiration” throughout the four available grades: XSE, Touring, XLE, and Limited. Hybrid grades include XLE, Limited, and XSE.
Avalon’s interior features a nine-inch multimedia system displaying audio, navigation, and integrates the climate control system. Passengers also have access to an eBin below the instrument panel with a 12-volt plug and standard wireless Qi mobile device charger. A trio of USB ports and a phone cradle are located on the front console.
Avalon’s sole manufacturing home is Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. The 2019 Avalon will be on sale late this spring.