Toyota Avalon: a Small Revolution in the History of Evolution

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The vehicle will also showcase a bevy of new safety features and systems created to increase handling capabilities. Prior to today, Toyota had been the most notable CarPlay holdout - despite the fact the company was listed as a committed partner since 2014. Three variants will be offered, including XLE, XSE and Limited, and it's worth mentioning that the hybrid version is still reserved for the USA market.

For years, Toyota has always preferred finding its own solution for drivers' dashboards, starting with its own proprietary system and eventually moving to Ford's SmartDeviceLink in 2016.

The Avalon features best-in-class rear leg, shoulder and head room making for a comfortable ride for everyone in the vehicle.

Higher-trim levels include touches like real wood and brushed-aluminum accents, along with available leather or Ultrasuede.

"The cabin is basically some place you're going to want to stay in and maybe don't want to leave", Hollis said.

Past the steering wheel, a 7.0-inch infotainment shows vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation, and various vehicle settings.

The full-width tail lights provide more than a hint of Audi at the rear, and feature a three-dimensional "aero fin" design. The standard audio system boasts 14 speakers, but buyers who option up can have 1,200 watts od JBL sound.

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CarPlay isn't the only "first" coming to the Avalon.

"It took us awhile folks, you've all been asking for it, but it's here". The interface will display on a 9-inch touchscreen.

The 2019 Avalon and Lexus models boasting of Apple CarPlay support represents Toyota's baby steps into adopting smart vehicle features that involve third-party systems provided by Apple, Amazon, or Google.

Through touch or voice commands, you can lock or unlock doors, start your vehicle or more. The latter is integrated with smartwatches and Amazon's Alexa personal assistant.

Although Toyota did not give exact power figures for the engines, both are similar dimensionally and have identical compression ratios to the Camry's powerplants: 301 hp and 267 lb-ft for the 2GR-FKS V-6 and 203 hp and 184 lb-ft for the A25A-FXS four-banger hybrid. Well, here we are, with a new Avalon that offers "a hearty "flare" of sound [that] occurs right before idle upon start up".

Before the 2018 NAIAS opens to the public from January 20 to January 28 at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, automakers show off new models and make world debuts in scheduled press conferences.

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