Chicago Auto Show: 2011 Toyota Avalon

Still caught in the nightmare of its biggest recall ever, Japanese carmaker Toyota revealed yesterday the redesigned version of the Avalon. The 2011 model year brings both styling and some performance tweaks, which can be experienced by customers starting this spring, when the car goes on sale.

The exterior of the Avalon received a wider grille and a broad hood, in between which the new headlamps with multi-reflector halogen high beams and halogen or HID low beams are housed.

The new version of the body also features chrome trim, redesigned rocker panels, glare-resistant outer mirrors with integrated turn signals and 7-inch 10-spoke wheels on the Limited grade.

On the interior, Toyota used leather-trimmed front seats and seatbacks on the Limited trim. A new instrument panel incorporates Optitron gauges that use graduated white illumination with white pointers.

The steering wheel has controls for Bluetooth hands-free phones, the audio system, climate system, and the information center. Safety wise, Toyota tries to make us forget about the current issues it has in this field by packing into the new Avalon VSC, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and
TRAC traction control system.

Under the hood, the Avalon hides a dual-overhead cam 3.5l V6 engine developing 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and mated to a multi-mode six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the engine is rated at 29 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined.

The 2011 Avalon will be available in two grades, Avalon and Limited, both equipped with leather-trimmed power driver’s seats, back-up camera, dual zone automatic climate control with air filtration, moonroof and 17-inch alloy wheels. Limited will add rain-sensing wipers, Smart Key and cooled leather seats.

“The Avalon has long been appreciated by smart, conscientious consumers who recognize quality materials and the beauty of detailed craftsmanship,” Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division said.

“The changes made for 2011 will allow us to build on our position in the premium large car segment. The competition does not stand still, and neither do we.”
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