As this upcoming 2018 model is entering its 5th generation, some serious changes and improvements are definitely on the way. To be specific, significant modifications are due for both exterior and interior styling.
Among several companies making great improvements in efficient performance, Toyota is the most enthusiastic and happening. The Japanese automaker is now set to take the all-famous Avalon sedan to new heights of efficiency and is set to roll out its new 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.
2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Exterior Styling
2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is also due for a cosmetic makeover and experts have predicted that the overall body profile will be sleeker. Up front, the grille will be revised with chrome accents and is expected to be larger than that of the last model.
Changes will influence the headlight too as a sharp design will be integrated. Up top, the hood is also getting stylistic aerodynamic creases. Speculations put out by experts suggest that the makers will try and shed the overall body weight while the overall body dimensions will grow a bit.
The interior cabin is also up for several changes. The dashboard will integrate soft touch materials and wooden embellishments. Similarly, the center console will wear chrome highlights along with a combination of rotary and soft touch controls.
The steering wheel along with AC vents will be reworked with a new design. The driver’s gauge cluster will incorporate an easy-to-read LED illumination and a revised TFT display. An ambient LED lighting might also come as an option from Toyota.
A mild-hybrid system for its Powertrain
The powertrain of this upcoming 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid consists of a mild-hybrid system which includes a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine mated to electric motors. This entire unit will be combined with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) system and there’s availability for both all-wheel and two-wheel drive.
The mild-hybrid system as a whole would produce outputs of more than 200 HP of power and 220 lb-ft of torque. Improvements in fuel economy could put the figures to measure at around 37 mpg in city, 35 mpg on highways and 39 mpg on a combined scale.
Safety and Competitors
Besides advancement in hybrid technology, this new 2018 Avalon Hybrid is bringing along an array of safety technologies including:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Rear Parking Assist
- Autonomous Emergency Braking
- ABS (Anti-lock Brakes)
- Stability Control
- Traction Control (with Tire Pressure Monitoring)
- Dual-stage Airbags
This upcoming model is also set to face competition from the likes of Ford Fusion Hybrid, Lexus ES 300h and Lincoln MXZ.
Price and Launch Date
To put out estimations, the new 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid will probably come in a price range of around$34,000 and may go up to $42,000. This model is also expected to arrive in the dealerships and showrooms by the end of 2017 or probably during the 1st quarters of 2018.