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NEW YORK — Aimed at Generation X, the 2013 Toyota Avalon debuted last week at the New York Auto Show with a new swagger described by its designers as “elegant and athletic.” In addition to a dynamic redesigned exterior styling, the 2013 Avalon also features enhanced structural and chassis improvements as well as abundant in-vehicle technology options for drivers and passengers.
One thing chauffeured-car operators should know off the bat is that the new Avalon has been designed to increase space and comfort in the rear cabin while creating a cozier front cabin that gives drivers the feeling of being wrapped around by the car. Not all of the interior specs are yet available, but Toyota said in a press release that the trunk space is 16.0 cubic feet, an increase of 1.6 cubic feet from the 2012 model.
The 2013 Avalon will be assembled at Toyota’s facility in Georgetown, Ky. and will arrive at dealerships in late 2012. Pricing information is not yet available.
The most American Avalon ever
The new 2013 Avalon is “really an American design story, from concept to construction,” Kevin Hunter, president of Calty Design Research Inc., said to journalists on a live Facebook chat during the Avalon’s NY Auto Show debut. Calty Design Research is based in Southern California and is the North American arm of Toyota’s global design network. Four Calty members who worked on the Avalon also participated in the Facebook chat along with Hunter.
The car stayed true to the design team’s original sketch design, and Hunter and Ian Cartabiano, Calty design team manager, both said the 2013 model is the “most American” Avalon ever.
LCT associate editor Michael Campos asked the Toyota design team via Facebook what its design philosophy was, and they responded that they receive a lot of inspiration and influence from their own individual daily lifestyles. One designer runs marathons and is a very active person, while another loves painting and sculpture, and both of those influences helped form the Avalon’s fluidic profile that gives it a sense of motion even when it’s at rest.
The beltline has been lowered to accentuate a strong stance and it offers a longer, sloping roofline, flared front fenders, double-eye project ellipsoid system headlamps with HID and daytime running lights, rear LED combination tail lamps, and dual rear tailpipe outlets.
2013 Avalon unveiling
To boost the new Avalon’s stability, strategically placed welds and high-strength steel in key areas provide a stiffer chassis and optimize suspension performance. The sedan’s suspension relies on MacPherson struts with advanced valving and rebound springs to balance handling and agility with ride comfort.
The Avalon offers three drive modes to tailor performance to the driver’s needs: Normal, Eco and Sport. The different modes are available through driver-selectable switches. Sport mode enhances throttle response and weights steering effort from the center. Eco changes throttle response and A/C power usage to improve fuel economy.
The Avalon’s engineering development was led by a group based at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.
While operators may be more immediately concerned with the car’s performance, passengers will care more about their experience inside the vehicle. The 2013 Avalon has “abundant legroom” and its interior design heightens the cabin’s sense of spaciousness and comfort.
Sound absorbing materials have been placed around the cabin and body structure while allowing for a reduction in overall vehicle weight. The windshield and front side-glass panels use acoustic glass that helps control sound intrusion into the cabin. Cowl and louver sealing, outer mirror shape and position, and wiper blade position have been developed to reduce wind noise generation. Exterior gaps and steps also have been minimized to reduce wind noise around the door glass areas.
Rich leather hugs the steering wheel, shift knob and seat upholstery. The dash panel and door trim feature soft-touch material that enhance the vehicle’s sense of tactile luxury. The center console includes a tray for storage of electronic devices and is equipped with a USB port, AUX input terminal and three 12-volt power outlets.
Other premium in-car technologies include three color display screens that support the multi-information display, the audio/navigation interface, and the climate control panel.
An easy to use display audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen is standard on the new Avalon, and a JBL Synthesis Premium Audio system, HDD Premium Navigation with 7-inch screen, dynamic radar cruise control, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a three-zone air conditioning system are listed as available options.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon features vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking systems, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, smart stop technology brake-override system, 10 airbags, a pre-collisions system, a blind spot monitoring system, and rear cross traffic alert system.
For the full press release about the 2013 Toyota Avalon, please click here.
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— Michael Campos, LCT associate editor
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