A new more aggressive approach in an attempt to grab younger buyers. [fimg=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2013_Toyota_Avalon_Exterior.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - April 6, 2012 2013 Toyota Avalon – No pricing, no fuel economy and scant few details reveled. It does look a lot better than its predecessor however. As we finish up with our 2012 NYIAS coverage, Toyota revealed their all-new 2013 Avalon sedan with an all new exterior and interior design. The new 2013 Avalon is the result of a North American-focused design and engineering effort. The new sedans exterior and interior design was conceived by the American design team at the Calty Design Research facilities in Southern California and Michigan. The car’s engineering development was principally led by a group based at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Continuing a North American focused theme, the 2013 Avalon will be assembled at Toyota’s facility in Georgetown, Ky. The new Avalon’s more stylish and sporty exterior and interior design are matched by an enhanced dynamic package following on the heels of Toyota and Lexus’ latest offerings. The Baby Buggy ride days are over! Numerous structural and chassis improvements were made to the new Avalon to improve its straight-line stability and handling. The body structure gains improvements in torsional rigidity thanks to additional and strategically placed welds, improved body bracing, and high-strength steel in key areas in order to provide a stiffer chassis and optimize suspension performance. The new Avalon suspension relies on MacPherson struts with advanced valving and rebound springs to balance handling and agility with ride comfort. Coil spring rate and front and rear sway bar stiffness was increased from the current model to help improve body control and body roll. The Avalon’s electric power steering (EPS) system has been tuned to help deliver enhanced controllability and vehicle agility while also realizing superior linear stability. The new Avalon offers three distinct drive modes that help tailor dynamic performance to the driver’s needs. The drive modes - Normal, Eco, and Sport -are made available through driver-selectable switches. In Sport mode, throttle response is enhanced and steering effort is weighted from center to offer a sportier character. Eco changes throttle response and A/C power usage to help improve fuel economy. Steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters help provide a sportier drive while in the D or S Mode, where the revised throttle helps improve shift response to help maximize engine power and vehicle performance. 2013 Toyota Avalon Much more modern and actually a decent looker for a full sized. Exterior The new Avalon’s exterior styling provides a new profile that is far and away better than the outgoing rolling coffin. The beltline has been lowered, a longer sloping roofline, flared front fenders, reduced front and rear overhangs, lower vehicle height, and reduced body-to-tire gap all help immensely. New 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheel and tire combinations fill the wheel well and enhance the Avalon’s appearance. Available Double-eye PES (Projector Ellipsoid System) headlamps with HID (High-Intensity Discharge) and DRL (Daytime Running Lights) provide excellent night time visibility. At the rear, high-performance LED combination tail lamps are adopted which are more integrated with the revised rear-body styling. The dual rear tailpipe outlets further the more cohesive design theme. After culling the above diatribe, I have to say the Toyota PR writers from Torrance are just about as good as BMW writers. There was a lot of fluff too Interior 2013 Toyota Avalon – Behind the windscreen The all-new 2013 Avalon provides an even more comfortable interior with convenience and technology added to create a premium experience. The interior is highlighted by what Toyota is calling “abundant” rear seat legroom. The new interiors front seat’s hip point has been lowered by 0.4 inches (usually a detriment to improved comfort form in ingress/egress standpoint) to help create improved headroom. The new power front seat design with increased side bolstering is more supportive and offers an expanded range of downward adjustment. The structural components of the sunroof and the headliner design have been optimized to help increase the cabin’s roominess. A concave dash panel design, located in front of the passenger, helps create an expansive feeling. While the rear overhang has been reduced by 1.7 inches, the trunk space has been increases by1.6 cu. ft. to 16.0 cu. ft. compared to the outgoing model. The Avalon’s interior was refined further with even more wind, engine and road noise reductions. The all new Avalon is the ideal environment to enjoy conversation, music with Toyota’s available multimedia system, Entune. Sound absorbing materials have been strategically placed around the cabin and body structure while not inhibiting a reduction in overall vehicle weight. The windshield and front side-glass panels utilize acoustic glass that helps control sound intrusion into the cabin. Reductions in wind noise have been realized by optimizing exterior shape, specifically cowl and louver sealing, outer mirror shape and position, and wiper-blade position, which have all been developed to dramatically reduce wind noise generation. Exterior gaps and steps have also been minimized to reduce wind noise around the door glass areas. Decorative stitching is adopted for the steering wheel, and soft-touch materials on the dash panel and door trim elevate the vehicle’s sense of tactile luxury. Smoked chrome-metallic accents are applied to the instrument panel, center console, door panel, and steering wheel surfaces to help add distinction and exceptional feel. Available push-button controlled soft white ambient lighting illuminates key regions of the interior to help convey the sense of luxury. The new Avalon’s center console includes a convenient console tray that is ideal for the storage of electronic hand held devices. The new Avalon’s console area is equipped with a USB port, AUX input terminal and three 12-volt power outlets to help facilitate device interface and charging. The new Avalon will offer innovative technologies like capacitive touch switches with positioning and sensitivity that makes them ideal for vehicle system controls. No gloves??? Other premium technologies include three color display screens that support the multi-information display, the 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; while 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 also on the list of available features and equipment. Safety Like all Toyota models, the new Avalon will feature Toyota’s Star Safety System which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology brake-override system. The new Avalon helps to prioritize occupant safety with a best-in-class10 airbags system. A Pre-collision system is also available that is designed to “sense” an impending frontal collision and can help mitigate damage. A variable ratio brake pedal is adopted that varies the initial and final pedal effort ratios to help realize excellent brake pedal feel. In addition to a rearview camera, Avalon offers an available Blind Spot Monitoring system which is designed to help detect vehicles behind the outer mirrors and to help alert drivers in addition to a new Rear Cross Traffic Alert system (RCTA) that can alert drivers of cross traffic when they are backing up. The 2013 Toyota Avalon is 2.3” shorter in length, .6” thinner in width, 1” shorter in height while wheelbase stays the same at 111” while weight as been reduced by 119 pounds to 3,497 pounds. All in, it looks better, should ride better and may even provide better fuel economy than the current 19/28 city/highway rating the 2012 is rated for. I hope so anyway?