2019 Toyota Avalon – Will The New Platform Make It Better?

2019 Toyota Avalon review

Even as Toyota continues to celebrate the release of the popular and best-selling Camry, plans are already underway for a 2019 Toyota Avalon that is set to receive a myriad of changes, updates, and new features. The Avalon is Toyota’s big sedan that has won a few accolades in terms of the value that it offers. And just to give you a sneak peak of what it offers, here’s what you should expect as an owner of an Avalon – wide array of optional features, large trunk, an above-average fuel economy, and a quiet and upscale interior.

But what will really change for the 2019 model year? While the details are still nebulous at this point, our spy photographers managed to get a few photos that reveal some of the areas we should expect the changes to be. For one, angular themes dominate the exterior look. This however doesn’t mean that the vehicle has changed much as the flowing fastback design showcased by the current model still persists.

As can be seen from the spy photos, the front fascia of the new Avalon is highlighted by the quad-exhaust tips and thickened grille surround – elements that are both a common factor even in the latest Camry model.

A key element that is set to define the new 2019 Toyota Avalon will be Toyota’s TNGA modular platform that is already underpinning some of Toyota’s models such as Prius, Camry, and CH-R. The platform, which we’re going to explain in a tad bit, is a completely new strategy that is going to define the way the Japan automaker packages, designs, and engineers its vehicles. Specifically, the new platform is going to inject a sportier handling thanks to low center of gravity and its lightweight construction.

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So what’s the hullabaloo around the new platform? Good question. According to Toyota, the new TNGA modular platform is a state of the art way for vehicle construction that is better not only for us but also for our environment. Toyota says the reason why they developed the new platform was to help them build cars that use standardized powertrains, platforms and major components. And as a result, these cars should have a higher efficiency, safer, more enjoyable to drive and require fewer resources to build.

Moving on, the new 2019 Toyota Avalon is set to come with an even more powerful engine. At this point all we know about the new engine is that it’ll be a four-cylinder V6 engine. Also, a hybrid version will be offered as well. Last year, the Avalon was offered with two engines, the base one being a strong and smooth 3.5L V6 engine able to generate a whopping 268 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission system then is given the mandate of taking the power to the wheels. According to EPA, this mill should give its users a fuel economy rating of 24 mpg for combined city and highway cruising.

The other powertrain that is currently on offer is a hybrid one – a four cylinder and a battery pack – that work synergistically to ensure 200 horsepower is sent to the wheels. Not only does the Avalon Hybrid engine offer an impressive fuel economy that the EPA estimates to be 40 mpg but also a reasonable acceleration. For 2019, we’re hopeful that Toyota will take the stakes even higher by improving on the hybrid range, driving dynamics and overall performance specs.

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2019 Toyota Avalon Interior Changes & Exterior Review

As the pictures reveal, the new model displays an attractive but conservative exterior design that spots very subtle changes upfront over the previous model. It stands out from the crowd thanks to the subtle wheel arches, soft creasing, and straight sidelines.

Although the spy photos reveal just the tip of the ‘iceberg’, the new model shouldn’t be expected to come with an evolutionary design. Instead, the new model will further build on the avant-garde styling that the previous model came with. For 2019, the new model should maintain the current model’s flowing fastback design and include fine details such as quad-exhaust tips and a thickened grille surround.

We still expect the new model to be offered in XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring, and the top-of-the-model Limited trim model. The hybrid variant should be offered in Hybrid XLE Plus, Hybrid Limited, and Hybrid XLE Premium.

2019 Toyota Avalon Engine Specifications

A 3.5L V6 engine is offered and able to generate a whopping 268 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission system then is given the mandate of taking the power to the wheels. According to EPA, this mill should give its users a fuel economy rating of 24 mpg for combined city and highway cruising.

The other powertrain that is currently on offer is a hybrid one – a four cylinder and a battery pack – that work synergistically to ensure 200 horsepower is sent to the wheels. Not only does the Avalon Hybrid engine offer an impressive fuel economy that the EPA estimates to be 40 mpg but also a reasonable acceleration. For 2019, we’re hopeful that Toyota will take the stakes even higher by improving on the hybrid range, driving dynamics and overall performance specs.

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2019 Toyota Avalon Release Date and Price

Rumor mills allege the new model will probably make it to dealers sometime in March 2018. As for the price, expect a price tag of around $35,000.

Conclusion

As far as the changes go, one thing remains for sure – the new 2019 Toyota Avalon will still be ace in this rival-infested segment. The Avalon has managed to be a perennial market leader thanks to its impressive design and performance that makes sure all basics are covered. It is one car that doesn’t outperform on some things and totally disappoints on some, and this has pretty much enabled it remain a likable option. Even while Toyota is strategizing on how well to design it using the new platform, we still expect the same results at the end.

Competition

The 2019 Toyota Avalon will ultimately find itself in a market dominated by feisty rivals that also promise a satisfactory level of performance, some of which even outperform those it offers. The rivals in this segment include Hyundai Azera, Chrysler 300, Nissan Maxima, Buick Lacrosse, and – we guessed you never saw this coming – the Toyota Camry. Even trickier, the Avalon’s design in certain ways rivals offers from Lexus.

Yet, the 2019 Toyota Avalon should still continue being an appealing choice for consumers thanks to its wide array of impressive features such as smooth and balanced ride quality, advanced safety features, potent power-plant options, a large and comfortable cabin, and a long list of upscale standard features.

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