Starting with 2019 Avalon, Toyota finally bringing CarPlay to select vehicles

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Along those lines comes some of the biggest news not just for the Avalon but for Toyota in general.

Jack Hollis, Toyota North America's group vice-president, told the packed Cobo Hall in Detroit that "Apple CarPlay is finally standard". At the centre of the dashboard is a nine-inch touchscreen that-believe it or not-now integrates Apple CarPlay!

"Hey look, it took us a while folks, people have been asking for it, but it's here and our guests are going to love it", apologised Hollis. If you have an iPhone, this is welcome news.

CarPlay compatibility will work with the Entune 3.0 and Enform 2.0 multimedia systems. It's about freaking time, but you'll note that Android Auto is still absent. A 2G Wi-Fi connection is also included along with Safety Connect and Service connect remote services.

Joining the 1200 watt speakers are a new 9.0-inch infotainment system with five USB ports for connectivity, 10-inch heads-up display for the driver and 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster. Naturally, the new generation Avalon switches to the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, and also builds upon its dimensions - 2.0 inches longer wheelbase, plus 0.7 inch to overall length, width has increased by 0.8 inch and height has been brought down by an inch.

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As in the outgoing model, the Avalon comes standard with an especially high degree of safety gear: automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic high-beam headlights are standard on all trim levels. The company hasn't issues power figures yet, but expect it to range between 200bhp for the four-cylinder hybrid and 300bhp for the V6.

Under the hood, the gas-engined Avalon still relies on a 3.5-liter V6. Toyota claims class-leading head-, leg- and shoulder room for rear passengers.

Designed, developed and built in the USA, the Avalon competes with cars like the Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus and Kia Cadenza and in the shrinking market for large front-wheel-drive family sedans.

The 2019 Avalon's redesign means it gets brand-new exterior styling, and it seems to be a change for the better.

The 2019 Avalon will be available in four trims: the new XSE and Touring, which have an aggressive flair, or the XLE and Limited models, which Toyota describes as more "opulent".

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