2019 Toyota Avalon - First impression

  • Sep 13, 2018

Toyota UAE lineup is undergoing expansion since the very beginning of the year. It seems like the Japanese automaker only aims to strengthen its hold in the market. Toyota enjoys a reputed position in the UAE market for its impressive SUV lineup that recently saw the inclusion of the new Rush. The brand is also working hard to enjoy similar high-sales in other segments like premium sedans. Working on the field are its new deployed soldiers - the 2018 Yaris sedan, all-new Camry hybrid, and the last one to join the herd, the 2019 Avalon.

2019 Avalon EXTERIOR

Seeing the 2019 Avalon for the first time post its debut was an experience we rarely get with a Toyota. Don’t get us wrong, but the new sedan didn't have the 'Toyota-vibe', rather it’s more like a Lexus with Toyota badging. Making one thing crystal clear that the new Toyota sedan is super stylish and a true premium offering. It’s also Toyota’s flagship offering in the segment, rightfully explaining Avalon price tag of AED 144,900. As for its competitors in the UAE market, the new Toyota sedan will go neck-to-neck against the likes of Audi A4, Lincoln MKZ, and Skoda Superb.

2019 Avalon FRONT

As discussed earlier, the all-new Avalon sedan carries looks like none in the Toyota lineup. What, however, grabbed our attention the most was its large chrome-plated grille, a pure statement maker. Moving on to its sharp headlamp they go perfectly with the whole look, only adding to the sedan aggressive stance. However, the massive front setup leaves no room for the fog lamps. The LED headlights with DRL and high adaptive system seems to compensate for the visual loose. The side profile looks like any other D-segment sedan with 18-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels standing strong. The profile that impressed us the most was the rear, it’s just awe-striking to look at, especially with the sleek taillights that seem like merging via the 3D strip carrying the car name. Well, there’s more adding to its rugged stance which comes in form of chrome touched exhaust outlets and rear bonnet spoiler.

2019 Avalon INTERIOR

After enjoying the exterior profile thoroughly, it’s time now to experience the Avalon’s cabin luxury and comfort. God, the interior does justice to the hype created by the sedan exterior profile. On the inside what steal our attention first was the connected centre console and tunnel unit. This entire setup not only scores a high point on the design front but also offers best of amenities to the driver and co-passengers. Included in the package is the much talked about 9-inch touchscreen display supporting navigation, AM, FM, USB, AUX, and BT. There’s also dual-zone auto air conditioning, wireless charger, and ending the set is the smooth and flexible 8-speed automatic transmission unit. The car offers ample of leg-, shoulder-, head-room, so it's comforting. The trunk is big enough to accommodate 4 standard size golf bags and can also be accessed via the rear seat. Other elements making it a fine-quality space are ambient lighting in the front footwell and around the console, wide-opening sunroof, power tilt and telescopic steering, powered lumbar support for passenger and driver, and fine leather upholstery.

2019 Avalon ENGINE

Though we didn’t get a chance to drive the new Toyota marvel its aura loudly speaks refinement. The Avalon specification sheet reads a 3.5-litre 6-cylinder DOHC VVT-IW engine that is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. As for the power and torque figure, the mill makes a maximum power of 302 PS and a peak torque of 356 Nm. Adding to the driving pleasure is the selector switch that allows choosing between - Normal, Eco, and Sport mode.

The safety list is long and is shared equally between the two available trims - the SE+ and Limited. Following are gears included in Avalon safety kit -

2019 Avalon SAFETY

  • Anti-Lock Brakes System

  • Vehicle Stability Control

  • Tyre Pressure Warning System

  • Ten Airbags

  • Pre-collision System

  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

  • Automatic High Beam

  • Lane Departure Alert

  • Blind Spot Monitor

  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

  • Clearance Sonar

Though this time around we only got the chance to experience the car at a standstill. But pretty soon we’ll sit behind the steering wheel and tell you how the dynamic beauty from Toyota performs with the engine ignited. Stay tuned.


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