Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Toyota Avalon Promises to be a Functional Family-Friendly Cruiser

Toyota Avalon Promises to be a Functional Family-Friendly Cruiser

Toyota also designed one of the Avalon's center-console cupholders to double as a device holder.

Brian Inouye, Toyota's Chief Product Owner for App-based & Connected Services, said that the automaker's upcoming CarPlay integration is "consistent with Toyota's privacy principles". But Toyota still sees a market of buyers for full-size sedans and thus is rolling out a fifth-generation Avalon. Toyota says this has allowed for a 7-inch increase in rear cabin room.

The 2019 Avalon's redesign means it gets brand-new exterior styling, and it seems to be a change for the better. The current Avalon already impresses with Lexus-like quality and materials, and that premium nature only moves forward with this new model. The sedan segment is still important to the Japanese automaker, despite the ever-growing competition from luxury crossovers and SUVs vying for the same consumer dollars.

The new interior is created to be more open and airy. The vehicle is also lower and wider than before. And there's connectivity, too, including a WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and even Amazon Alexa support. While the Avalon might have CarPlay, there's no sign of Android Auto.

"When people are running, you jump in", he told Fox News.

It's unclear whether 2018 versions of vehicles with Entune 3.0 or Enform 2.0 will also be able to access CarPlay via a simple software update or whether Toyota plans to dangle CarPlay as an incentive for the latest cars in its various vehicle lines.

The US-built Toyota Avalon won't be offered in Australia and there's so far no indication of when, or if, our Toyota vehicles will get Apple CarPlay in future.

Hollis says Toyota is "absolutely" looking at Android Auto as well. The Avalon also offers a panoramic view monitor as an option and a rear cross traffic braking system.

Under the hood, the 2019 Avalon will be powered by either a 3.5L V6 or a 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid. Prior to today, Toyota had been the most notable CarPlay holdout - despite the fact the company was listed as a committed partner since 2014. No output or fuel consumption figures have been released just yet for either petrol or Hybrid models. And the Avalon stays a front driver, bucking the all-wheel drive trend. The V-6 is mated to an 8-speed automatic while the hybrid relies on a CVT. The Avalon's new lighting is Toyota's most advanced ever and includes "Technical Laser Ablation".

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