Toyota reveals 2013 Avalon

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Although it's been in production since 1994, the Toyota Avalon doesn't have the kind of instant consumer familiarity enjoyed by models such as the Corolla and Camry. It's surprising in a sense, because the Avalon is arguably Toyota's premiere vehicle, a sedan that's now technically mid-size but with nearly full-size space and Lexus-like levels of luxury, and it slots above the venerable Camry within Toyota's vehicle lineup. A fourth-generation Avalon has been developed for the 2013 model year and was on display recently at this month's New York International Auto Show.

The new Avalon has a wider front grille and double-eye projector ellipsoid system (PES) headlights at the front, with LED taillights at the back. For 2013, the Avalon features a choice of either 17- or 18-inch wheels that help to complement the sleek, muscular bodywork.

Although Toyota didn't release powertrain details upon the 2013 Avalon's introduction, it is likely the new mid-size luxury sedan will be powered by a version of the company's 3.5-litre V6 engine. The stout V6 puts out over 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque and will most likely be paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission to route power to the front wheels.

2013 Avalons will feature three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport. While Normal Mode is intended for everyday driving, Sport Mode helps to deliver a more engaging driving experience by enhancing the Avalon's throttle response and adding heft to the steering system. In contrast, Eco Mode improves fuel economy by again changing the vehicle's throttle response as well as the air conditioning system's power usage.

Inside, supple leather covers the new Avalon's seats, steering wheel and shift knob, while decorative stitching is used on the dash panel, door trim and steering wheel rim. The steering wheel features paddle shifters for manual control of the transmission when in Drive or Sport Mode. In terms of in-vehicle entertainment, the 2013 Avalon has a 6.1-inch Display Audio touchscreen and optional extras such as a JBL Synthesis Premium Audio system, dynamic radar cruise control, a navigation system with a 7-inch screen, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats.

Safety features abound with no less than 10 airbags as well as vehicle stability control, traction control, an anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and a smart stop technology brake-override system. The new Avalon can also be specified with a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross traffic alert system.

The new and improved 2013 Avalon will arrive later this year and will compete with other large, luxurious sedans such as the Nissan Maxima, Ford Taurus and Hyundai Genesis.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Luxury Sedan, Toyota, 2013, Avalon, Midsize,

Organizations: Toyota

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