2019 Toyota Avalon Edges Closer To Lexus, Adds Apple CarPlay Too

While crossovers and SUVs are dominating the market, Toyota isn’t ready to put its traditional saloons to rest, with the brand unveiling the fifth generation Avalon at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Underpinned by the TNGA architecture, the large Toyota sedan is now longer, wider, and lower than before, at 196in (4,978mm) long, 72.8in (1,849mm) wide, 56.5in (1,435mm) tall, with a 113in (2,870mm) long wheelbase.

It features new and more premium styling, with the most eye-catching part being the massive razor blade-like (…and mustache-shaped) grille that brings to mind Lexus and which is flanked by slim headlights. The Avalon’s design also incorporates a more muscular profile, and a redesigned rear end, with new taillights connected by a prominent strip.

Inside, the big news is Toyota’s Entune 3.0 infotainment system that  dominates the central console and provides access to connected services, Wi-Fi hotspot, and sound system, among others. Audiophiles can go ahead and get the optional JBL 7.1-channel system, which boasts 1,200-watt. Qi wireless mobile device charger, Toyota Remote Connect with Smartwatch, Amazon Alexa Connectivity, Apple CarPlay, are also part of the offerings, along with up to 5 USB ports, and a selection of wood and leather trims. What’s absent is Android Auto support, which is weird given the percentage that Android holds on the smartphone market.

There’s a new 7-inch display in the instrument cluster as well, which allows the driver to see the vehicle information, safety settings, navigation, and other functions, while the addition of a 10-inch head-up display, said to be the largest in the segment, should earn extra points for the car.

Powering the 2019 Toyota Avalon are two engines: an upgraded version of the 3.5-liter V6, with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid, with a 650-volt electric motor and CVT.

No power figures have been released yet, but these appear to be very similar to the units that power the Camry, and in the latter, the V6 makes 301hp (305PS) and 267lb-ft (362Nm) of torque, whereas the smaller one is rated at 203hp (206PS) and 184lb-ft (249Nm) of torque.

Other changes made to the new Avalon include the active variable suspension with adaptive damping, shock absorbers at each corner with solenoid control valves for independent wheel control, front and rear G sensors, and a multilink setup at the rear.

Drivers will get to choose between one of three driving modes on all trim levels – Eco, Normal, and Sport, while those who sit behind the wheel of the Touring grades will get a fourth one, called Sport+.

Elsewhere, the 2019 Toyota Avalon benefits from active noise control, engine sound enhancement, a new exhaust system, and intake sound generator.

A suite of safety systems equip the car, including the standard Toyota Safety Sense P, which offers Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Automatic High Beams. Other driving assistance features available are the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Back Guide Monitor, Panoramic View Monitor with Alert, and Intelligence Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross Traffic Braking system.

Toyota will start taking orders for the 2019 Avalon in late spring, with pricing to be announced at a later date.

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  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    looks more sophisticated than camry

    • Bash

      It is supposed to be! Duh!

    • paulgdeaton

      Is it the Malibu or the Impala that has that same “dip” in the side crease?

      Either way, not the best design cue to copy…

      • Bill Nguyen

        It’s from the Impala. The Impala’s is bigger though. Supposed to evoke a tailfin I think…

        • Moveon Libtards

          And the Impala actually looks nice…Even though it is a lot older than this is.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Impala has been around a while but still wins over people with classy styling, not derivative or cheesy like many cars today.

    • Rich Money

      if by sophisticated you mean ugly, then yes. it certainly is uglier.

    • Moveon Libtards

      It should since it is a lot more money, especially with options. But it basically is a fancy Camry since it is on the same architecture, just like low-end Lexus are Camrys in nicer clothes.

  • samurai

    The trend of bigger and bigger grilles is getting totally out of control. This is looking so ridiculous

    • Infinite1

      +1

    • Bo Hanan

      85% of the front end is grille and I bet 20% of that is actually functional. It might be the biggest grille on a car to date. Seriously!

      • Bash

        So true, the biggest grille and biggest head up display. Haha

        • wait a minute

          i think there’s gonna be a pendulum swing away from massive grills in next generation of car designs.

      • Jay

        yep you can tell that from pic 33.

      • Ray Davies

        New Toyota Cow Catcher

        • Bo Hanan

          I think it picks potatoes, strips them of leaves and sends them to the trunk.

    • paulgdeaton

      But it is practical… you don’t have to pay anything extra for the “snowplow” option…

    • Rich Money

      when will it end? the only thing left is to cover the headlights in grille.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Not stopping.

      Remember way back when Euro brands laughed at Cadillac with the Escalade? Now they are all copying the massive grill design and taking it to a whole other extreme level. Hypocrites.

    • Trackhacker

      Same with the Trend of bigger wheels. 19″ is way too big for just a car. 18’s should be the max size of wheels. Another larger should be left for high powered performance cars like GTR

  • I like the interior, the front, nop, the profile okay, the rear i like too.

    • OdysseyTag

      Same

  • roy

    A desirable Toyota. In like it.

  • RDS Alphard

    I really like how it looks, but the guy who designed the grille need to told WHEN to stop… seriously like 90% of the front end is grille, and most of them are fake grille too.

  • RDS Alphard

    Also, why the first photo is Honda engine? XD

    • donald seymour

      WHY? I’m thinking the same thing.

  • LJ

    Not sure how the engine will get enough air with that tiny ass grille.

    • OdysseyTag

      Grille? What grille?

      • LJ

        If you zoom in an really squint, you can see what appears to be a grille.

        • OdysseyTag

          Good eye! I’ve just spotted the micro-pocket you’re referring to.

          • No that’s a park distance assist sensor you seeing.. keep looking pal

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    This barely passes the smell test

  • PhilMcGraw

    This is a bigger reveal than I thought: the first time Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are found in a Toyota product!

    • mick

      Except for the fact that there won’t be Android Auto, it’s just Apple for now…Seems that Carscoops got ahead of itself.

    • mick

      android auto is not part of the deal…

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    I won’t lie, the interior is really nice. Love the info center/dashboard. The seats look great and the color is very nice.

    • Ray Davies

      I like it too and I hate the touchscreens.
      It is not cartoony looking and I like the square symmetrical look of it.

  • salamOOn

    very mixed feelings about it….

  • O123

    is CarPlay confirmed? has toyota finally given in?

    • mick

      carplay confirmed. android auto is still a no

      • Phil

        Funny thing is CarPlay is a complete dumpster fire of UX compared to Android Auto, it just gets prioritised because they want those sweet sweet iSheep dollars.

  • Jay

    Wow, what is wrong with the world when I’d want a Toyota Avalon. That is pretty slick and they and the ES are bargains.The next ES has to be astonishing to drive if this is what the Avalon will be.

  • Infinite1

    The car looks like its smiling.. with a mouth guard on… Other than that, it looks good

    • paulgdeaton

      It is the “Cheshire Cat” trim option

      • Infinite1

        Lol

  • Craig

    Not only that… but it comes with the Honda EarthDreams engine! WOW!! [photo #2]

    • Toronado_II

      Lol !

  • Puddingpopper

    Will anyone’s grandparents even want a Lexus anymore?

  • klowik

    The Silver one seems to look alright, but the front grille black area on blue one just doesn’t look the right. If the shape of the opening looks better and smaller, it will look like a good alternative to Audi A7..

  • SgtBeavis

    I dub thee, the Gillette Avalon.

    Seriously, WTF?!?! 3/4th of this car looks absolutely fantastic. Once again, Toyota doesn’t know when to stop. They are trying TOO HARD in the styling dept. Dial it back two notches and they’ll have great looking cars. I don’t know if I should drive this or shave with it.

    • Ray Davies

      The Ford (Gillette) Fusion looked so much like a razor they named it after one.

      • SgtBeavis

        yup

  • Craig
  • Able

    Big news if it’s got CarPlay and Android Auto!

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    This grill has a Toyota

  • cat

    this toyota looks for me a hyundai azera

  • Abdaba

    I like the look a lot, other than the over the top front end. Shame that a functional bumper has gone the way of the dinosaur. Have fun cleaning those wheels. Why are all sedans getting lower just as I am getting older?

    • Nordschleife

      Because they have the crossovers to aid you ingress/egress. This is for the older people who ate their wheaties and drank their spinach.

  • Rocket
  • DevPunk

    The infotainment system looks like they basically grabbed one of those music systems from the 90’s, the ones with a cd changer and a twin cassette deck (think Aiwa’s NSX lineup) and inserted it right in the middle of the center console. Imagine the air vents are the cassette decks. And what is it with this trend of designing screens that pop out of the interior as if they never belonged there in the first place? Who started this trend and why everyone thinks is a good idea? I might be getting old because I don’t get it.

    By the way, if that was the idea, I can’t stop thinking that the entire frame that includes the infotainment system, the air vents and the climate control could be a gate place to put a giant ass screen like the Tesla. Perhaps a little smaller to give rooms for the air vents and make it not pop out so much.

  • Nordschleife

    That silver version looks just like the current ES300 down to the wheels. What I find funny is adding CarPlay/Auto first to a vehicles who demographic would be least likely to use it. I don’t know how I feel about this redesign.

  • john1168

    Wow! They actually made the front grille bigger…LOL

    The rest of the car is nice and I like the interior.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    this is a really good looking car. I really like the lines and the shape. I think this looks better than then LS

  • Bananarama

    Wow, this might be the ugliest car to debut in the past year or so. What a complete train wreck. I really can’t understand how they looked at that and thought “wow, what an improvement.”

    The grille is horrendous, not for its size, but because its shape is so arbitrary and disfigured. Honesty, what the hell? 90% of the grille IS SOLID AND NON-FUNCTIONAL. Why would they do this??? Next, the drooping crease on the side is useless and looks wrong, and then its mirrored by another set of lines around the skirts. Why???

    The rear is only marginally better than the front, but it looks like the tail lights were separate then they had the idea to connect them after it was already finished. Seriously what a mess. Capped off with those tiny quad exhausts for extra rice…

    The Camry is overwrought, but at least showed some promise. This is just completely wrong. The only saving grace is the interior which looks as if it was designed by another company all together. But they also thought is was a good idea to show a show car interior is all black.. The tan leather model is just bad…

    • Emoto

      I am pretty sure that before the exterior design team starts work each day, a large man comes through the office and clubs them all in the head repeatedly. I can think of no other explanation for such “styling”.

  • donald seymour

    I will still hold my reservations until I see it in person.

  • donald seymour

    John, whats up with the Honda engine?

  • TB

    Wow that is all awful…including the center stack.

  • Waleesa1

    Toyota & The Case of the Disappearing Avalon. I suspect this will be the last generation of the Avalon; at least for a while. The SUV craze is one reason. Second reason is that the cars in the segment below it (Camry, Accord, Sonata, Optima) are continuously encroaching on its size & features. The size difference between the Avalon and the Camry used to be considerable but with the current generation, it became negligible. Also, the only real differences between the 2017 Camry & the 2017 Avalon are the driver seat thigh extension, powered rear sunshade and ventilated seats. Now the 2018 Accord & Optima have ventilated seats.

    It’s a good design but I prefer the centre stack of the 2018 Camry. I love the stitch pattern on the door panels and seats of the Limited. That said, it now uses the ‘same’ front seats as the Camry, the same gear lever, same steering wheel. All these used to be unique.

  • getoffme

    Sick. The new Lexus ES will be wild. AWD finally?

  • Ricardo Santos

    Needs more grille.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Didn’t know Toyotas are gonna get Honda engines from now…btw wtf was Toyota thinking with that grill? The rest seems nice

    • Waleesa1

      It’s most certainly a mistake by CarScoops.

  • KidRed

    Oh nope. Did a former Chrysler designer take part in this design? This is very messy and unattractive. And that grille…

    • Nihar

      They need a Chrysler designer. Chrysler doesn’t make ugly vehicles. Meanwhile Chrysler needs Toyota engineering.

  • Six Thousand Times

    That grille is just silly. Who decided that was a good idea?

    • jsz00

      I think they got it from the Toyota Crown

      • Tumbi Mtika

        They BEAT a Toyota Crown.

  • Bash

    “active variable suspension with adaptive damping, shock absorbers at each corner with solenoid control valves for independent wheel control, front and rear G sensors, and a multilink setup at the rear.”
    .
    Isn’t this the same system used on the LS Lexus?

  • Looks much better than I expected – which was a hideous monstrosity with a gigantic mouth (aka. grille), though that last part materialized, it’s not as bad, IMHO.

  • Elpatore

    seems like Toyota is mocking its costumers on how they can sell them any car even if it looks like a scared (yet angry) whale.

  • jsz00

    Strangely enough, I think the interior works and better than any Tesla.

  • SteersUright

    Avalon’s are brilliant Cadillacs, or what a Cadillac should be. They’re techie, sophisticated, supremely comfortable, and essentially, the better Lexus ES. While Im not in the Avalon stage of life just yet, I always enjoy cruising in one of these as long distance rentals.

  • botornot387

    ugly as sin

  • Bill Nguyen

    I like it! Looks like the Toyota Crown or whatever it is called

  • Scott Carmichael

    Hideous

  • Dennis Scipio

    Interesting looking interior.

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The all-new Toyota Avalon looks like a Lexus F-sport sedan, it is very Lexus-like this time even the interior.

  • LWOAP

    Jesus Christ, that fucking grill is massive. What the fuck, Toyota?

    Tone it down.

  • Liam Paul

    Gramdma and Grandpa will approve of this

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Toyota, I honestly don’t know what to tell you guys.

    Why, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO YOU KEEP FUCKING UP YOUR GRILLE DESIGNS?

    You guys literally have ONE JOB. ONE!

    That is ridiculously awful to put it nicely. I honestly don’t know how you guys are this consistently shit at designing front ends for your cars(and yes, Lexus DOES count). It’s not that hard to create a unique grille that doesn’t look like the mouth of a predator. This is yet another example of you guys ruining what could have been a nicely designed vehicle. I’d argue this should have been a Lexus if that WALL. OF FUCKING. PLASTIC wasn’t there.

    FIX THIS.

  • LET’S SEE WE CAN PUT A CREASE HERE ANOTHER CREASE THERE AND ANOTHER ONE OVER HERE. SLAP AND INCREDIBLY OBNOXIOUS GRILLE SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE LIKE SO…THAT SHOULD DO IT.

  • Hoping that market reception to that hideous front end won’t be good so Toyota will do an emergency refresh.

  • Joe E

    Gross! When did Toyota pivot into making modern-day Pontiacs? Tacky, overwrought “sporty” styling with meh performance underneath. The new Camry is the Grand Prix, and this Avalon is the Bonneville.

  • Enter Ranting

    They can’t be serious…

  • eye.surgeon

    That face is going to ruin Toyota /Lexus

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    finally it can humiliate lexus gs’ sales

  • dumblikeyou2

    Pedestrian hood height rears its ugly head again.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Isn’t this encroaching on Lexus ES territory?

    Not that it will make a difference since you’re buying a Toyota product if you’re gonna go for the Avalon or ES.

    It’s not bad-looking for a Toyota. I kind of like the design except for the massive grille up front taking up like 80% of the snout.

  • Rich Money

    sure is ugly! good job Toyota!

  • TheBelltower

    Toyota seems intent on taking a conventional camry/corolla/avalon, and capping each end with grotesque plastic.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    It’s HIIIIIIIIIIDEOUS 🤢

  • Astonman

    like everything from the A pillar back. The front grill reminds me of a guy that over designed to make it look different from the stock car. really like the interior. Looks modern and upscale.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    the front end is HORRIFIC! so much grill to cool itself after seeing itself in the mirror

  • peter

    looks like the bumper is off after a crash…

  • Moveon Libtards

    Hey, look, a Camry with a massive cow-catcher grill!

  • Socarboy

    Overall I like it, but curiously one thing, the slope of the A & C pillars is somewhat trapezoidal where it meet the glass. I wonder if this was a styling exercise or done to improve roof crush resistance in a rollover.

  • BlackPegasus

    Absolutely no reason to buy a Lexus when the Avalon encroaches on its design.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    The grill is just horrendous

  • wonderdallas

    The random perforation of the brown leather seats…they need a good dermatologist to prescribe an ointment. It’s sort of mildly repulsive. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/11619a470310e091018d8611fd902f7275f643c24a8c1ad7a9758257505bd6b5.png

  • Puddle Jumper

    It’s weird having the front and rear so aggressive in styling, then you see the side profile which says near-retirement bland. Also, I would expect that interior in a Audi, especially the doors and dash, but not a near-luxury Toyota. I think they should have pulled back on the thrusters on that front end, it just doesn’t fit the demographic they are trying to reach in this car–IMHO.

  • Mario P

    In french “Avalons” means “Let’s swallow”.

  • JL T0x

    this Avalon grill is so grandiose so it’ll be easier for Lexus to badge-engineer the next ES – who will share an equally sizable grill as well.

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