Toyota Unveils Redesigned 2013 Avalon in NYC
Toyota Avalon’s styling has been knocked in the past by auto bloggers for being too matronly and outdated (it’s been several years since it was completely redesigned), but Toyota got the last laugh when it debuted its 2013 Avalon at the New York International Auto Show this past April. Looking more like a sports car than a premium midsize sedan, the fourth generation Avalon has previous critics doing a double take.
Thanks to a “youthful and talented design team,” Toyota has unveiled a dramatic new look that replaces the boxier versions of the past. According to Toyota, the 2013 Avalon is the result of a North American-focused design and engineering effort. Not only was it designed here, but it will be manufactured in its Kentucky plant. Bob Carter, Group Vice President and General Manager, Toyota Division, Toyota Motor Sales, says that the Avalon will be the brand’s new flagship when it is released later this year.
The 2013 model will be a bit smaller than its predecessor, but will feature a larger luggage compartment (16 cubic feet), additional noise dampeners for a quieter ride, improved rear leg room, and loads of safety features like ten cabin airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which comes standard. Heated rear seats and an upgraded 7" screen with navigation are options. More information will be available in the coming months as the vehicle release date nears.
For more information and updates, visit www.toyota.com. LD06/12