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Toyota Reveals 2013 Avalon

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On: Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 3:25PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Reveals 2013 Avalon

The Toyota Avalon isn't exactly the type of car that people get excited about, but the newest version is a marked enough departure to cause a small stir. The Toyota sedan gets a much updated look that practically begs for a new model name.

As we saw from the teaser picture, Toyota wasn't just looking for a slight evolution, it was looking to change the Avalon's image. The 2012 Avalon is a sedan that could get lost - even in Toyota's line of quality but forgettable sedan designs. But the 2013 Avalon is enough to have people asking: 'What's that car'.

Toyota calls it a progressive and emotionally styled exterior, which is actually a pretty good way to put it. It has strong American influence derived from its origins at Calty Design Research Inc. in California and Michigan and engineering at Toyota facilities in Michigan.

Toyota gives its flagship sedan more of a sporty profile with a rearward cabin. That profile is completed by the lip spoiler popping off the trunk. The body has more dimension to it thanks to the addition of some new lines on the flanks and hood. Toyota has shortened the overall dimensions of the car and cut down the front and rear overhangs. The 2013 Avalon also sits lower.

In front, there's a dramatic facelift defined by a grille flip flop. The larger main grille takes a trip downwards, and a narrow, V-shaped upper grille naturally flows between the headlights. Those headlights have a similar shape to the current Avalon, but take on some new styling. At the other end, a sort of tear duct follows the contours of the fenders, opening up a fog light cavity.

Inside, Toyota reworks the dimensions to create a spacious, comfortable cabin with plenty of head-to-toe space. Toyota limits cabin noise with sound absorbing materials, acoustic glass and reshaped exterior components that cut wind noise. The interior features leather trimmed seats and steering wheel, soft-touch materials and chrome-metallic accents.

As with any modern car, technology completes the Avalon's interior package. A Display Audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen comes standard, while options include a JBL Synthesis Premium Audio system, HDD Premium Navigation with 7-inch screen, dynamic radar cruise control, and heated and cooled front seats.

Toyota did not detail powertrain options on launch day, but did say that the new Avalon gets drive improvements like enhanced torsional rigidity, new suspension with MacPherson struts and tuned steering.

The 2013 Avalon will hit the market late this year.

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dwalter | 5:15PM (Thu, Apr 19, 2012)

Looks a lot like the new Ford Fusion

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