Toyota CarPlay support arrives in 2019 Avalon


Avalon's various height measurements have been trimmed: overall by 1 inch rear deck by 0.8 inches. The sedan segment is still important to the Japanese automaker, despite the ever-growing competition from luxury crossovers and SUVs vying for the same consumer dollars.

Beyond more space and plusher amenities, the new Avalon's cabin is imbued with new technology. The auto is also lower and wider than before.

Stylistically, it's a big departure from the current Avalon and it wears its swoopy shape better than the smaller Camry, at least to our eyes. As for Google/Android devices, however, Toyota's press release says the Avalon will integrate smart watches with Alexa-enabled voice connectivity-which works with either Apple or Android devices.

The CarPlay treat will first arrive on the 2019 Avalon, on which a 9-inch capacitive touchscreen will serve as the monitor and control panel.

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According to a new report from MacRumors, the new for 2019 vehicle was unveiled today, and Toyota confirmed that it will have support for Apple's system at launch.

Toyota will also offer the Avalon with a 3.5-liter V-6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Hollis says Toyota is "absolutely" looking at Android Auto as well.

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In addition to the central console's infotainment system, the Avalon has a 7.0-inch display in the instrument cluster to show vehicle information, navigation steps, and various vehicle and safety settings. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is also part of the standard equipment set. A similar setup in the new Camry Hybrid earns 47 mpg combined, but figures for the new Toyota Avalon Hybrid are still to be determined. That's a lot of grunt for a seemingly cooking front-wheel drive saloon. The tiered dashboard is accented with either faux wood trim on the XLE, real aluminium on the XSE and Touring or Yamaha-sourced real wood trim on the Limited.

The Touring model gains Sport+ and Custom modes, as well as Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) dampers that provide real-time damping control to maximise agility and controllability.

Toyota reported that the new Avalon will go on sale in late spring of this year.

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