Though Toyota is keeping powertrain details a secret for now, the Japanese automaker says that 2019 Avalon Hybrid will use a 2.5-liter inline-4 paired to a 650-volt electric motor.
The more useful changes for consumers are inside the cabin; the new interior offers more luxury touches including real wood trim courtesy of Yamaha, as well as aluminum accents.
Speaking to MacRumours, the company said all new Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Entune 3.0 and Enform 2.0 multimedia systems will include support for CarPlay. Toyota hasn't announced other specific auto models that will receive CarPlay throughout 2019, but the company notes that select vehicles with its Entune 3.0 or Enform 2.0 multimedia systems will receive access to Apple's platform.
The auto rides on the longest version of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform and measures 196 inches in length, which is 0.7 inches up on the outgoing model.
Despite Toyota's commitment to making the Avalon a flagship sedan, it has not generated huge sales for the company.
When it comes to safety, the new Avalon features the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of driver-assist and safety systems including full-speed radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist and pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, as well as a blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and a backup guide monitor. The sedan features simple horizontal character lines across the bodywork which renders the new Avalon a premium look.
Designed, developed and built in the US, the Avalon competes with cars like the Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus and Kia Cadenza and in the shrinking market for large front-wheel-drive family sedans. 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. A similar setup in the new Camry Hybrid earns 47 mpg combined, but figures for the new Toyota Avalon Hybrid are still to be determined. Also new is an Adaptive Variable Suspension system, which provides real-time damping for better control and handling.
The Avalon will continue to be built at Toyota's Georgetown, Kentucky, plant and will arrive at dealerships late this spring.