Even though it’s still pretty competitive in the segment, Toyota’s full-size sedan is getting ready for some big changes. The Japanese car manufacturer has decided to introduce a completely redesigned 2019 Toyota Avalon sometime next year. We managed to catch the testing prototype just a few days ago. The prototype uses pretty heavy camouflage, but it’s quite clear what the carmaker prepares. The new generation of the Avalon will definitely share most of the new styling cues with the redesigned Camry. This especially refers to the front-end styling that shows almost identical nose as the popular mid-size sedan.
2019 Toyota Avalon: Styling Changes
We can’t tell how it will look the new headlights of the 2019 Avalon. However, both grille and bumper are pretty much the same as Camry’s. As you can notice, there is plenty of mesh treatment in the front. Plus, the massive front bumper gets really large air intakes. In the rear, Toyota’s full-size sedan will also feature a big bumper. The prototype shows all-new quad exhaust tips and totally redesigned taillights. Judging by the spy shots, the 2019 Toyota Avalon will feature pretty much the same footprint as the predecessor. However, the overall shape isn’t the same at all. The new model appears to have more sloped rooflines and more angular A-pillar. In addition, the side mirrors will be bigger and lower, while the wheels sport a completely new design.
There is not a single spy shot of the new interior, so we can’t really say what’s new inside of the cab. However, the car will likely borrow plenty of elements from the smaller Camry. Of course, Toyota will make its full-size sedan more luxurious than the mid-size car, so you can expect more standard equipment and perhaps some kind of semi-autonomous technology.
The 2019 Avalon will get a new architecture as well. It’s the lightweight and scalable TNGA platform that currently is underpinning the Camry and Prius. Aside it’s going to enable better efficiency the new chassis features a bit lower center of gravity, which is very important for driving dynamics and handling. Toyota’s new generation Avalon sedan will be offered with two or three engine options.
The starter will definitely use an inline-4 engine, but it’s always better to give some extra money for the V6 model. In contrast to the current 3.5-liter engine that’s limited to 268 horsepower, the next topper will be capable of producing 301 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. Of course, you will be able to pick between the front- and all-wheel drive models, as well as between eight-speed automatic transmission and CVT. As for the third option, well, some reports indicate that the 2019 Toyota Avalon could get a hybrid variant. If this happens, the sedan will definitely use the same system as the Camry Hybrid.
The all-new Avalon sedan is still far away from the production lines. However, the latest rumors indicate that the base price should start a bit over the current one. More precisely, the redesigned car will cost at least $34,000.