Toyota Unwraps Next Avalon in NYC

Toyota pulled the wraps of the secretive 2013 Avalon premium mid-size sedan in early April at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.? Re-conceived for a new assault on the premium mid-size sedan segment, the all new Avalon will offer improved dynamic performance, refinement and a spacious, comfortable interior with a new level of convenience technologies.

The striking Avalon design was created by a young team of designers from Toyota?s Calty Design Research Inc. facilities in Southern California and Michigan.

Structural and chassis improvements with improve ride quality, straight-line stability and handling should make it more of a driver?s car.

Three distinct drive modes will help tailor dynamic performance to the driver?s needs and steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters help provide a sportier drive while in the D or S Mode.

The new Avalon is a bit more compact yet displays better proportions with a longer, sloping roofline, flared front fenders, and reduced front and rear overhangs, lower vehicle height.

?The 2013 Avalon offers a modern, spacious, premium interior highlighted by abundant rear seat legroom, while featuring a myriad of available features.

New safety features include a rearview monitor, available Blind Spot Monitoring system and a new Rear Cross Traffic Alert system (RCTA) that can alert drivers of cross traffic when they are backing up.

Other premium in-car technologies include three-color display screens that support the multi-information display, an audio/navigation interface and the climate control panel. An easy to use Display Audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen is standard on the new Avalon.? A JBL Synthesis Premium Audio system, HDD Premium Navigation with 7? screen, dynamic radar cruise control, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and a three-zone air conditioning system are on the list of available features and equipment.

The 2013 Avalon will be assembled at Toyota?s facility in Georgetown, Ky.?