Originally unveiled at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, the all-new Toyota Avalon features a stunning design, greater refinement, and a highly spacious interior with a variety of convenience technologies. Along with its new, compact dimensions and lighter curbweight, the Avalon will be available in two main trims: one powered by a powerful V6 gasoline powertrain and another by Toyota’s proven Hybrid Synergy Drive.
The 2013 Avalon will feature a 3.5-litre, DOHC V6 engine that produces 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a six-speed automatic transaxle, which has been enhanced to offer more responsive and efficient performance, the result is the new sedan is propelled from 0 to 60 mph in under seven seconds. Also available are unique drives modes in ECO, NORMAL, and SPORT. The V6-powered 2013 Avalon achieves an EPA-rated 21 mpg (11.2 L/100km) city, 31 mpg (7.59 L/100km) highway and a combined 25 mpg (9.41 L/100km).
The Avalon Hybrid features the 2.5-litre Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine, a 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack, and a pair of electric motor/generators within the transaxle which results in a total system output of 200 horsepower. The powertrain has been updated with three unique drive modes: EV, ECO and SPORT. EV mode can be engaged, provided other conditions are correct, for up to one mile at speeds up to 25 mph (40.23 km/h), providing an all-electric option that is convenient in residential areas or parking garages. With the new hybrid model, the all-new premium mid-sized sedan will achieve an EPA-rated fuel economy rating of 40 mpg (5.88 L/100km) city, 39 mpg (6.03 L/100km) highway and 40 mpg (5.88 L/100km) combined.
The vehicle’s stylish design was executed entirely by Toyota’s Calty Design operation in California and Michigan; and the all-North American theme continues as the vehicle will be assembled in Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky, facility. Steeper angles of the windshield and rear window, shorter front and rear overhangs, a lower beltline, plus a 1-inch reduction in height, altogether creates a sleeker, more refined look. The Avalon’s stance has been made to look more aggressive thanks to its big two-tiered grille and modestly expanded track width at 62.6 inches in the front and 62.2 inches in the rear.
In addition to a more appealing exterior, the Avalon is bolstered by improved structural rigidity with extensive spot-welding in the assembly process, as well as increased use of high-strength steel. A benefit with the use of high-strength steel is reduced weight. As a result, the Avalon’s minimum curb weight is 3,497 pounds, which is down almost 120 pounds compared to its predecessor.
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