The new ES premium sedan from Lexus moves its shared architecture from the Camry platform to the upcoming Avalon and Toyota has now announced the two will also offer both gasoline and hybrid powertrains.
Later this week I will have first drive impressions of the new Lexus models but here I offer details on the 2013 Toyota Avalon.
In addition to the new powertrain options, the next Avalon is redesigned and will offer a greater degree of refinement and improved driving dynamics.
Traditionally, Avalon has appealed to an older Toyota demographic but for the next-gen model the automaker turned to its more youthful Calty Design Research department for the makeover while giving engineering duties to the Toyota Technical Center in Michigan. Toyota says the new Avalon signals the more compelling and passionate nature of future Toyota products.
At the heart of the new Avalon will be the company’s proven 3.5-liter V-6 producing 268 horsepower similar to Camry while offering improved fuel economy and performance over previous generation Avalons and being mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox provides better shift feel and improved response.
And showing that Toyota has knocked some cobwebs out of the new Avalon is the offering of a Sport mode (and steering wheel paddle shifters) that enhances throttle mapping as well as steering feel.
The biggest news for the 2013 model year is the addition of a hybrid variant. The new Avalon will utilize the Hybrid Synergy Drive system employed in the new Camry that offers total system output of 200hp in EV, ECO and Sport operating modes. Fuel economy is projected at 40 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.
Vehicle pricing will be announced closer to Avalon’s on-sale date later this year.