Since replacing the Toyota Cressida (remember that one?) in the early 1990s, the Avalon has grown from a stretched version of the Camry to something a little larger, while trying to steer clear of overlapping with Lexus models. The current, 4th-generation Avalon that debuted in 2012 tried to distance itself from Camry looks, offering a fastback shape while continuing to share its platform with the Lexus ES.
In just a few weeks, the Avalon will enter its fifth generation as Toyota takes the wraps off the new Avalon at the Detroit auto show.
This glimpse of the 2019 Avalon’;s headlight and front fascia is just about the only image of the upcoming sedan that Toyota has shared, and it strongly suggests the Avalon will keep the large, 2-tiered grille shape of the outgoing model. The Avalon will follow the debut of the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry, and is expected to stick to the V6, front-wheel-drive formula. Look for a hybrid version as well in 2018; the Avalon and its competition still need to hit fuel economy targets.
Speaking of the competition, as the SUV boom continues booming the Avalon is waging battle in a slowly dwindling full-size sedan market currently occupied by the likes of the undercover police-looking Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300 and Nissan Maxima. Don’;t expect to see any new competition for the Avalon for a while as automakers focus on utility vehicles.