The 2019 Toyota Avalon was launched last week by the brand’s importers in Oman.
In keeping with the importance of the car in the portfolio, senior invitees from Toyota graced the occasion. These included Randall W. Stephens, Chief Engineer – Avalon , Yugo Miyamoto, Chief Representative, Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation and Kei Fujita, Group Manager, Middle East & Central Asia Division.
Sharing the new generation large car global platform (TNGA) with other significant introductions, the 2019 Avalon brings a larger, roomier cabin along with significant changes to the fifth generation of the nameplate’s driving dynamics and power options.
“Throughout development, we focused on the all-new Avalon being authentic and exhilarating,” said Randy Stephens. “One of the key components in getting there was the new platform and suspension. These underpinnings allow us to provide an unequaled foundation to deliver the performance that matches the styling and the technology while offering a fine blend of luxury and sportiness in the premium mid-size sedan segment.”
Yugo Miyamoto said, “We are excited to launch the all-new Avalon in the region, presenting our customers with an attainable premium sedan that features a daring design paired with a highly spacious, comfortable interior experience with an abundance of outstanding advanced features.”
New features on the Avalon include a significant redesign with LED headlights, reshaped grille, nice formed side and door panels with distinct styling elements using strakes and folds, and a wider looking rear with a redesigned taillight assembly.
Along the lines of the other cars on the TNGA platform, the hood is lower, offering better visibility, while th eposition of the A-pillar has been shifted. The rear fenders offer a bulked up haunch making the car look more muscular.
Complementing the newly added driving modes selector that allows switching between a Normal or Sports setup, the car gets a new generation of Toyota’s 3.5-litre V6 engine, with an output of 298hp and maximum torque of 356Nm, the engine has a sophisticated VVT-iW header arrangement that ensures economy using the Atkinson cycle, yet can deliver power when required. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic.
In-car features include a 9-inch navigation system, heads-up display, wireless mobile charging, a 14-speaker JBL sound system and ventilated front seats.
Safety systems include Toyota Safety Sense that is an umbrella brand for the inclusion of Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB) in addition to 10 SRS airbags.