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NAIAS 2018: Bold Toyota Avalon has the biggest grill we've ever seen


Toyota redesigns Avalon with bolder looks and tech

That's a massive front grill, isn't it?

While the venerable Crown is the flagship sedan in Toyota's home market, it's a different matter over in the US. Since 1994, Toyota has been offering the Avalon over there and has been their largest sedan in that country since. For 2018, the Japanese marque has totally redesigned the full-sized, E-segment sedan.


The fifth-generation Avalon boasts a sleeker, more fastback-like appearance, similar to the treatment of the all-new Camry. It rides on an extended version of the Camry's platform, dubbed the modular TNGA-K architecture. Two types of front fascia will be offered once the car hits North American showrooms. XLE and Limited variants get a traditional, chrome slatted grill with a rounded front bumper. XSE and Touring models meanwhile get a more aggressive mesh grill with gloss black accents all around the car. As for the rear, it gets a unique tail light arrangement plus defined character lines on the fascia and bumper corners.

Inside, the all-new large sedan sees an angular-themed cabin with a wraparound dashboard. Toyota aims to give the large sedan a more upmarket feel by adding more wood trims and the addition of more soft-touch materials. The center of the dash meanwhile sees a large, 9-inch infotainment touchscreen which comes with a 'pinch and flick' zoom in and zoom out function.

XLE and XSE models come standard with an 8-speaker system with Entune 3.0 Audio Plus and Connected Navigation Scout GPS Link App. Limited and Touring variants meanwhile get upgraded to a 14-speaker, 1,200 watt JBL sound system. Apple CarPlay is standard on all grades.

Two powertrain options can be specified for the Avalon. Standard is the re-tuned version of Toyota's familar 3.5-liter V6. Official figures have yet to be released but it is possibly near the 300 PS range. The second choice is the hybrid system, which can be paired to most variants. It uses a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder mated to Toyota's Hybrid System II (THS II) with 650-volt electric motor. Like the V6, official figures for the hybrid have yet to be announced.

More standard safety kit has been added to the all-new Avalon. There is a total of ten airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System. This safety suite includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. All Avalons also come equipped with a standard backup camera.

Given that the Toyota Avalon has formed the basis the the Lexus ES in the past, it is possible that an all-new version of the latter might be coming soon.

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