Future Cars: 2019 Toyota Avalon Tries To Lure Back Large Sedan Buyers

When it comes to largish, mainstream sedans, Toyota’s Avalon isn’t exactly the most desirable choice out there. The current car is somewhat of a wallflower in a segment that’s not seeing much in the way of consumer foot traffic.

Nevertheless, the Japanese carmaker is moving ahead with plans for an all-new version; that should bring some youthfulness back into a dying large sedan market. How fresh will it look? Well let’s take an illustrative sneak-peak.

Bolder, Camry-Like Styling:

If you thought the grille on the out-going car was big enough, then think again. A larger front opening flares out from the bottom and intersects with a smaller grille between the LED headlamps.

The side view highlights the Avalon’s typical front-wheel-drive proportions mixed with a fastback profile. Sheet-metal surfacing along the doors exudes a curious mix of swept creases, lower door scollops and prominent rear haunches. Speaking of the rear, there’s more than a hint of Lexus with its horizontal led tail-lights, quad exhaust tips and subtle spoiler.

New Global Underpinnings:

Toyota’s new flexible global architecture (TNGA) will underpin the next Avalon – although it’s not known if it’ll be a global offering. What does this mean for North American buyers? Well, more occupant space in a lighter body, that isn’t much bigger than the current car.

Lessons learned with latest Camry will also yield a better drive, with a new multilink rear suspension to aid in driving dynamics. Advanced driver assist technologies, better cabin materials, comfort and presentation will also feature.

Dynamic Powertrains:

Starting out the range will be Toyota’s latest 2.5-litre, ‘Dynamic Force’ gasoline four-cylinder with around 206 HP and 186 lb-ft of torque, sending power to the front wheels via a 8-speed auto. Don’t expect the current car’s V6 to disappear either, but rather gain some extra horsepower and improved fuel efficiency.

For the ultimate blend of power and efficiency, look for the Atkinson/Otto cycle hybrid to appear utilizing a 2.5-litre dynamic force mill mated to an electric motor.

A Dwindling Segment:

Let’s be frank here; large saloons no longer sell in huge numbers. Most buyers are flocking to SUV’s with rivals like Kia’s Cadenza, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus battling to keep afloat – even the latter is being relegated for Chinese-only consumption in the near future.

Look for an official reveal later this year or possibly at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

Would you be tempted by Toyota’a next Avalon? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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  • Just another Supra fan

    Oh hell no….

    Not like this.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Hmmm…that’s a fresh look.
    Did I say fresh?
    I meant sh*t.

  • TheBelltower

    I have no doubt that the new Avalon will consist of a huge grotesque plastic nose hanging off the front of a conventional anycar design that could be thirty years old. It’s from the Pontiac Grand Am GT school of design.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Too much face.

  • Kash

    Even Toyota won’t make it look as bad as this rendering though and you know it.

  • Honda NSX-R

    That face is a mess.

  • PhilMcGraw

    First of all, I should mention it is possible we could see three front ends as we did with the 2018 Camry: one for the base engine, one for the v6, and one for the hybrid engine.

    I actually kind of like it. I think it won’t be as overdrawn as this render is, but there are lines there that I have seen in the spy shots of the vehicle. My only hope is that they bring back the reclining rear seats like my 2005 Avalon and that the inside is more upscale and luxurious than the new Camry. In other words: I don’t want it to just be a larger Camry.

  • Shane

    Last time I seen a face that busted my ex didn’t bring me my sandwich quick enough.

  • Looks okay

    I think it looks okay… especially if they toned-down the front bumper a bit, it would look just fine…

    Am I alone here?

    • Skip

      yes, you are alone here.


  • Skip

    the hips look like a knock off Nissan

  • Nordschleife

    The current one looks better than this render. WAAAY BETTER.

  • Christian Wimmer

    I thought this was the next-generation Lexus GS, or a Photoshopped artist impression of it…

  • klowik

    Even some kids can come up with better looking facia!!

  • Now, that’s ugly. Would have preferred that Toyota took an evolutionary approach to the current car’s styling, which has aged well.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Each time i try aToyota sedan here in Asia i instantly feel bad. They are silent, well executed but nothing makes you think it’s a pleasure to drive. It’s the epitome of a “Commuting appliance” with the only difference between it and dishwasher being the wheels.

  • sidewaysspin

    Apart from that grille it doesn’t look half bad, but I bet Toyota will come up with something even more awkward looking.

  • Cobrajet

    I want a Toyota Crown with a V8 please.

  • Craig

    I think it’s a mistake to try to lure in ‘big car buyers’ with a swoopy new look. Make it more ‘Chrysler 300’ than ‘Audi A7’. In other words – a more traditional BIG FAMILY CAR! Even offer a 50/50 split bench seat for 6 passenger seating. [Like the first Avalon did] A large plain-jane Avalon would be very appealing to me.

    • luke7478

      Exactly! LUXURY cars have lost the “LUXURY” in them. I want a nice SOFT suspension with CUSIONY tires, ultra-smooth engine that is DEAD QUIET, ULTRA-REFINED and a nice teflon-coated-like ULTRA-LIGHT steering. That is how my 2000 Lexus LS 400 is. Sadly it is really aging now, and I just cannot find a replacement for it, that I like. Compared to my car, the new LS 460 is a cramped, claustrophobic, noisy piece of garbage!

      My LS 400 is the most comfortable and relaxing couch on wheels ever! I can take a 400 mile trip from San Francisco to LA and feel like I barely did 20 or 30 mies! THAT is how a luxury vehicle SHOULD be. Not like these so-called “luxury” vehicles that Toyota/Lexus makes today, in the name of “sportiness” or whatever *rollseyes* . The CURRENT Avalon is not too bad in this regard, except that its ride a bit on the “harsher” side.

      And TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT, I’m not some 65 year old man either. At 38 years old, I’m just not a nut-job that likes my daily driver and long distance tourer to beat me up, feeling every single grain in the road, and blow my ear-drums with a loud screaming engine *rollseyes*

      • Jim Vulcan

        Well said…the Japs are great with technology, but not too fast on the draw with common sense. If they made what you have described, they would bury the Germans and everyone else, but that might make too much sense.

  • xp84

    WTF is that hideous, ridiculous grille. I can’t remember these days the last Toyota that didn’t look like it was trying desperately to prove how tough it is by bolting on angry sharp angled lines and gigantic ugly grilles. Yeesh.

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  • Enter Ranting

    Hideous. Toyota has zero talent for designing cars.

    • getoffme

      Carscoops rendering. Read noob.

    • nellydesign

      Well, I won’t disagree, but that ire should probably be directed at Carscoops, since they ‘shopped this from a picture of a different car entirely.

      That being said, of all of Toyota’s lineup, the Avalon is the least offensive to me. It actually is fairly attractive apart from the oversized grille. But I’m sure the new version will be much worse.

  • Paul

    Dayum that thing is ugly.

  • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

    Am I the only one where who likes this new design so far? I bet the 2019 Avalon’s actual production form will look a lot better than this render, anyway.

  • Dan

    I am on the end of my second Avalon(2006). Call me old fashion, but I love it. I passed on the 2018 to see what 2019 brings. I am just as much interested in what the new technology will bring. Sure wish the would offer Apple Car. Entunes sucks!

  • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

    Oh come on guys, the render doesn’t look THAT bad! -_-

    What if the production version looks better? I’m 100% certain it will. I also hope Toyota introduces the XSE trim for the ’19 Avalon to step above the base XLE trim.

    • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

      And for fucks sake, it looks more like a grown-up Camry, and to me, that’s a good thing.

  • Jim Vulcan

    Hey Toyota? Do a focus group study on the front end, please. Enough with the Godzilla Snowplow grille, OK? Look at the Buick Avista concept, the Jaguar, the new Lincoln, the Volvo…etc. Sleek, elegant looks.

    You have great reliability…but whoever is coming up with those grilles…on Lexus too…needs to really get a clue. Again, do focus group studies on a new look. Base your design on that. Get an Italian company to do it.

    I have a 2001 Avalon and would buy another if I could. What is wrong with you?? You have such great quality…but it is UGLY!!!

    No wonder the segment is not doing well. If you had something that looked elegant…such as some of those I have listed above…..you would sell TONS of them. But, when I read forums…all have the same comments. Ugly grilles. When will you guys get a new design and let the focus group decide if they like it better?? Could it be because someone at corporate likes this crap??

  • Paul

    Oh my Heck is that awful.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    This is horrible

  • In retrospect, seeing the 2019 Avalon reveal today, whoever did this rendering was spot-on!!
    My hat off!

  • Harry_Wild

    The front grill took Toyota designers 6 month to get it just right so potential buyer would fall in love with it look! Did they succeed?

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