Toyota makes its first entry into the livery market with an all-new Avalon model, which was introduced at the 2012 New York Auto Show. While most of the 70,000 full-size Japanese sedans will be available to retail customers, 1,000 will be offered as livery cars. The Avalon model would be the most affordable of the models in the livery market.
It would also be the only model that’s in front-wheel drive version. Toyota will be going up against the Chrysler 300, Cadillac XTS, and Lincoln MKT. The heated front seats will be removed from the Avalon XLE-based livery model.
Instead, it will be equipped with heated rear seats and rear climate controls. The other luxury amenities that would be taken out from the XLE Premium hybrid include the backup camera, moonroof, heated front seats, and integrated garage door opener. The two models will make use of black paint and black leather interior.
With a goal of pushing the Toyota Avalon brand to greater heights and improving the customer perception for the sedan, Calty developed a sporty exterior that enhances its athletic impression on the metal sheet. The modern Avalon sedan thus embodies the brand’s departure from dramatic design that was common among former Avalon cars.
The new Avalon for 2013 is both athletic and elegant. It provides a stretched and smooth roofline that creates a bolder and more stunning outline. It also has a low car beltline that accentuates its expression of motion with a more stable stature. Its muscular shoulder line is also built to start in front of the wheels and continues to the side sheet to exhibit a stronger and smoother design element. Its redesigned Avalon exterior also manifests greater agility and improved performance to complement the car’s sensational technical upgrades.
When compared side by side with the 2012 model, the 2013 Avalon has a more athletic and more compact external proportions and has greater sophistication in style without losing its essential interior comfort features. The car’s stance has been upgraded as well, with more compact exterior values. Its height was decreased by 0.98 in (25 mm) with reduced overhangs by 0.59 in (15 mm) and 1.77 in (45 mm) at the front and rear respectively. The space that separates the tires from the body was also reduced by as much as 0.27 in (7 mm) as compared to the former Avalon.
The latest Avalon also has an enhanced visual stance with width reduction of the rear side rails of more than 1.29 in (33 mm). This adjustment tightens the dimensions of the greenhouse. To widen the placement of wheel below the car’s sporty body, the vehicle tread was also extended by 0.39 in (10mm) and 0.59 in (15 mm) at the front and back respectively.