Toyota to debut Apple CarPlay integration with 2019 Avalon

The 2019 Toyota Avalon

The fifth generation Toyota Avalon was introduced in 2018, being based on the Toyota New Global Architecthre platform and coming with a host of new features.

"It took us awhile folks, you've all been asking for it, but it's here". If you have an iPhone, this is welcome news.

"After Avalon, any (model year 2019) vehicle that adopts the Entune 3.0 platform will receive Apple CarPlay", Inouye said. For Android Auto, however, we'll have to wait a while longer.

Other tech highlights include a standard Wi-Fi hotspot, a total of five USB ports, Qi wireless phone charging and an impressive audio system that includes a standard 14-speaker setup or an optional 1,200-watt JBL system. "In addition, drivers will appreciate the standard passive and active safety benefits through Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), as well as athletic handling thanks to its available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), also a Toyota first, that, quite positively, has Avalon out-performing its peers", reads Toyota's press release announcing the CarPlay implementation.

Safety-wise, there are 10 airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), traction control, Smart Stop Technology and a reverse camera, all as standard equipment. The Avalon also offers a panoramic view monitor as an option and a rear cross traffic braking system. Toyota has not revealed the power figures of the powertrains.

Under the hood, the gas-engined Avalon still relies on a 3.5-liter V6.

Toyota to debut Apple CarPlay integration with 2019 Avalon
Toyota to debut Apple CarPlay integration with 2019 Avalon

The Toyota Avalon looks good, but is the tech up to it?

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 Avalon also gets an upgraded eight-speed transmission, which replaces the old six-speed unit.

Toyota promises that the 2019 Avalon will be its most fuel-efficient yet, so its EPA rating will likely best the current model's 40 mpg city, 39 highway, 40 combined. Hybrid versions are available in the XLE, Limited, and XSE grades.

The top-line Touring comes with unique features, including multi-mode drive select.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon will be available in Canadian dealerships in the spring of 2018. The company will announce the pricing details and further information very soon.

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