Business and style are the two words being heavily used by Toyota to usher in the arrival of their newest flagship sedan, but it has more to offer than simply that. Following Akio Toyoda’s demand for his cars to be built with emotion, the 2018 Toyota Avalon carries this instruction to the letter by adding an extra serving of comfort with a side order of Waku Doki.
2018 Avalon Redesign
2018 Toyota Avalon Changes, Exterior
With only four generations of the Avalon in its twenty-three-year history, Toyota is again set to stick to their guns and hold firm on the recent model that was overhauled for the 2013 version. This means that on the outside, the 2018 Avalon will measure up identically to previous versions that make it appear to gently hug the road with it’s wide and lower profile than that of a regular full-sized luxury sedan.
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The Avalon remains a car built for luxury although it still carries a modern swagger which shows off just a few hints of Toyota’s fixation with excitement. With its sculpted bodywork pointing towards the oversized, chrome-accented grille across its nose which is framed by the elongated LED lights that feature the DRL capability, the 2018 Avalon has enough energy and flamboyance to betray its stature as a vehicle for the genteel. Curb weight is 3461 lb. or 1570 kg.
Sedan dimensions are:
– Height 57.5 inches / 1.460 mm,
– Length 195.3 inches / 4.960 mm,
– width 72.2 inches / 1.830 mm and
– wheelbase 111.0 inches / 2.820 mm.
With Matt Gray 18″ alloy wheels with P225/45R18 tires (17″ as standard with P215/55R17 tires), optionally you can do the same combination of sizes but with more attractive material like Super Chrome alloy. Furthermore, you can add a chrome-tipped dual exhaust bringing up the rear, there is an attention to detail in the overall appearance that makes this a modern-looking car with a broad appeal. Coming at a time when crossover cars and SUV’s are beginning to cut into the Sedan’s market share, this is a move which makes a lot of sense.
– Midnight Black Metallic
– Creme Brulee Mica
– Sizzling Crimson Mica
– Ooh La La Rouge Mica
– Cosmic Gray Mica
– Celestial Silver Metallic
– Magnetic Gray Metallic
– Blizzard Pearl (additional money)
Toyota Avalon 2018 Interior
While the outside of the Toyota Avalon next generation has been built for giving off an air of style, the interior has been built to relax in style. With French-stitched leather seats fitted as standard, the front seats also come with hidden heating elements for cold winter mornings and a range of adjusters which can be manipulated to fit your body shape, including an extension for added leg support that will accommodate even the tallest of drivers.
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Featuring a slightly softer suspension system than the 2017 model and with extra sound-proofing to close off the outside world, whether you’re building up revs down a freeway or stuck in a downtown traffic jam in rush hour. Furthermore, you can experience a relatively high degree of smoothness and tranquillity, especially considering the reasonable price point of the Avalon. For keeping the cabin cool, there is Dual-zone automatic climate as standard, while Three-zone climate control comes optionally with most of the trims, except Limited which got it as standard.
2018 Toyota Avalon interior
Once you’re comfortably sat behind the wheel, the 2018 Avalon interior stops making quite as much sense as it first promises. Again Toyota has failed to properly organize their array of buttons across the dashboard and the deployment of a centrally positioned, 7” touchscreen (hi-res) may not be as bad as the previous version it replaces but is still cumbersome to use. There are also AM/FM CD player, MP3/WMA, eight speakers…
Again this upgraded Entune 3.0 infotainment and app suite will not be supporting either Android or Apple connectivity choosing instead to forge ahead with its own integration features. Although it will be the backbone of some new exciting technological improvements such as the HD Radio Technology(Traffic and Weather in bigger cities), 360-degree, advanced voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth, multi-camera system…
As for the comfort, there is some standard stuff like Leather-trimmed and heated front seats; 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat. None standard features are Premium leather, heated and ventilated seats (only front), numerous driver seat memory position, outside mirror current possition memory (and other positions), interior lighting (white ice color), plus 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat and others.
With no major changes to the engine, there will again be the 6-speed automatic (ECT-i), 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood that is capable of providing 268 hp with 248 lb·ft of torque. Estimated fuel efficiency is 21 city/31 hwy/24 combined mpg. Likewise, the new Toyota Avalon Hybrid will also contain the same 4 cylinders, the 2.5-liter hybrid engine that only produces 200 hp but is capable of an average of 40 mpg (40 city/39 hwy) which is almost twice the fuel efficiency of the 3.5-liter version that comes in at 24 mpg.
The new Avalon will again only be available as a front-wheel drive vehicle unlike many of their rivals who offer similar cars with an AWD choice. However, this is unlikely to prove too much of a problem for prospective buyers considering that recent versions of the Avalon have handled far better than comparable cars in terms of performance.
2018 Toyota Avalon safety features (Star Safety System and Toyota Sense):
– ten standard airbags,
– TSS-P – help you drive,
– Pre-Collision System plus Pedestrian Detection,
– Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist,
– Dynamic Radar,
– Automatic High Beams,
– Cruise Contro.
Price and release data
Prices are set to start at $33,500 for the XLE standard model, ranging up to a top-end of $37,900 for the 2018 Avalon Touring although a mooted Limited version could also be added to the roster priced at $41,300. There will be three additional hybrid options from the XLE Plus at $37,500 up to the most expensive version Toyota will be releasing, the Hybrid Limited at $42,800.
With an official statement expected in July to ratify this, the release date which is expected to be within the first quarter of 2018 will also be unveiled next month.
Because the Avalon again crosses the pricing path of Toyota’s luxury Lexus range with the 2018 Toyota Avalon Premium Hybrid option being more expensive than the standard Lexus ES, it again throws doubt over the future of the Avalon and suggests of a big upgrade to be expected next year.
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