Toyota Introducing Apple CarPlay on New Avalon

2019 Toyota Avalon First Look: The Next Big Toyota

Starting with the exterior design, the sedan is sleeker and more eye-catching than the outgoing model. It should be noted that Apple CarPlay will be standard across all 2019 Avalon models. The NVH levels are also kept to a minimum - complete with active noise cancellation technology, although Toyota also includes "noise makers": "Intake Sound Generator" and "Engine Sound Enhancement", which use the JBL sound system for more engine noise.

The new Avalon also gets five USB ports, wireless phone charging and a Lexus-like interior fit out, complete with luscious quilted leather seats. And let's face it, the digital components are becoming more important than the analog aspects for many new-car buyers.

The range is powered by an all-new 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid that puts its power through a CVT. One of the most expected additions to the new model is Apple's CarPlay platform which is a first for a Toyota auto. Toyota claims class-leading head-, leg- and shoulder room for rear passengers.

Toyota has not yet come to an agreement with Google to make Android Auto compatible with its cars, but the big T said that in the U.S. at least, Toyota and Lexus vehicles will eventually all have Apple CarPlay functionality going forward.

Plug in an iPhone and the 9-inch capacitive touchscreen will show Apple's CarPlay interface instead.

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With a 113-inch wheelbase and a 196-inch overall length, the new Avalon is about four inches longer than the Camry and less than an inch longer than its predecessor. As for Google/Android devices, however, Toyota's press release says the Avalon will integrate smart watches with Alexa-enabled voice connectivity-which works with either Apple or Android devices.

"Avalon is a strong indicator of our commitment to this evolving premium segment", said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division. The 2019 Avalon Hybrid will be offered in three trims: XLE, Limited and XSE. A Panoramic View Monitor with Alert (PVMA) and an Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) with Rear Cross Traffic Braking (RCTB) are available as options.

All Avalon models will continue to be front-wheel drive. Also new is an Adaptive Variable Suspension system, which provides real-time damping for better control and handling.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon will be available in Canadian dealerships in the spring of 2018.

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