Toyota announced the brand new 2019 Avalon full-size sedan

Toyota announced the brand new 2019 Avalon full-size sedan

Toyota announced the brand new 2019 Avalon full-size sedan

As more Americans flock to SUVs, the number of automakers still competing in traditional sedan segments has shrunk. Toyota was among the few automotive holdouts without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. However, for iPhone owners what'll be most exciting is covering up Entune altogether. Sadly, Android Auto is not present.

Completely redesigning a company's main sedan is no small feat, but that's exactly what Toyota is doing to its Camry for 2018. The system will also have safety connected services that are powered by Wi-Fi from Verizon with up to 2GB within 6 months. Toyota has also made improvements to the infotainment system, which is now shown on a nine-inch touchscreen.

Designed by Toyota's Ann Arbor, MI, studio, the new Avalon is far more aggressive looking, with a chrome maw of a grille, swept back headlights and fast front and rear glass. Here are four of our favorite new features. You'll need to plug in, though, since while there's the option of wireless charging - supporting a Qi pad, naturally - there's no wireless CarPlay.

Toyota hasn't yet priced the 2019 Avalon Hybrid, but the automaker says it will arrive in dealers within the next few months.

Powering it is an upgraded version of Toyota's 3.5-litre V6 for the range-topper, alongside a four-cylinder hybrid drivetrain also offered in the Camry. Prior to the CarPlay integration on the upcoming Avalon, Toyota has insisted on using its own technology for similar functionalities. Toyota says the system can choose from 650 damping steps in 20 milliseconds. The front and rear overhangs are shorter but the Avalon is wider and the wheelbase is two inches longer to reinforce car's premium aura and sporty stature.

Additional sound-deadening materials and door seals promise to make the 2019 Avalon the quietest yet, though the Touring's special "intake sound generator", "engine sound enhancement" and active noise control (other Avalon firsts) should counter that a bit for those who'd actually like to hear something in their full-size sedan. All other grades get a three-level drive mode (Eco, Normal, and Sport). Alexa connectivity allows you to make those commands from your home to your vehicle and vice versa.

The safety features of the 2018 Avalon include pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high-beams, ten airbags, stability control, traction control, ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, and a standard reverse camera.

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