Several reports have recently hinted that the Toyota Avalon will be redesigned for the 2018 model year. This highly popular sedan has been around in its current form since 2012. It is sold in record numbers on the North American market. However, the Avalon’s numerous competition has undergone major changes in the meantime. That’s putting Toyota under increasing pressure to launch its successor. In addition to receiving a fresh visual identity and technological enhancements, the 2018 Toyota Avalon is expected to offer an upgraded version of its current hybrid drivetrain. The redesigned model is likely to hit the showrooms in the second half of 2017. It’s competing with the likes of the Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300 and Hyundai Genesis.
2018 Avalon Changes
Official details on the new design are still scarce but the upcoming overhaul should definitely put the Avalon on Toyota’s new global platform. Compared to the outgoing generation, the next version will be slightly longer thanks to the wheelbase extended by several inches. Now, the exterior styling is not very likely to undergo any revolutionary changes. The current model boasts a fresh appearance compared to the competition. Toyota is expected to give the Avalon mostly evolutionary changes when it comes to the sheet metal. We will most certainly see some of the styling cues found on Toyota’s latest models that have been praised for inventive and exciting new design language. As for the interior, expect the Avalon to offer a large number of high-end materials as well as a bevy of advanced electronic systems. In any case, we’ll pay close attention to any new details surfacing in the coming months.
When it comes to the engine range, there have been some conflicting announcements. While some reports suggest that we might get to see completely new engines under the Avalon’s hood, others have hinted that the existing range will be only enhanced. The current base model is propelled by the tried and tested 3.5-liter V6 making 268 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Those who opt for the hybrid version can expect a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder combined with an electric motor, with the power output rated at 200 hp.
2018 Avalon Conclusion
The 2018 Toyota Avalon redesign should make one of the most popular sedans even more appealing to the North American buyers. In case its pricing doesn’t stray too far from the current generation, the Avalon will set a difficult task for its ever-growing competition.