If the current Avalon offers only the 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, the 2013 Toyota Avalon will also offer a hybrid version when it will go on sale this fall. The all-new 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid was revealed today, together with a 2.5-liter, Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine and a 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack as well as a pair of electric motor/generators within the transaxle.
According to the official press release, the Avalon Hybrid delivers a total system output of 200 horsepower and is rated by EPA at 40 mpg in the city, and a 39 mpg on the highway for a combined 40 mpg. Just like any other hybrid model from Toyota, the Avalon Hybrid offers three unique modes of operation: EV, ECO and SPORT.
The EV mode transforms the car into an electric vehicle, which can be drive for up to one mile at speeds up to 25 mph. The ECO mode engages the gasoline motor but reduces throttle response and HVAC output in order to improve efficiency. The Sport mode is the least fuel-efficient as the engine gives its bed using more fuel. The battery is found in the vehicle trunk behind the rear seats, which means the Avalon Hybrid is still providing ample trunk space.
As designed, the 2013 Toyota Avalon dons a longer flowing roofline, which allows for a more stunning side silhouette. This styling is complemented by a lower vehicle beltline, which makes the Avalon appear like it is moving even when at a standstill. It features a sculpted shoulder line over the front wheels, resulting to a bolder yet more fluid body design. Overall, the exterior of the new Toyota Avalon conveys both performance and agility, thereby promptly matching its improved dynamics.
The 2013 iteration of the Avalon is more compact, more athletic and better styled – without compromising the comfort of its passengers – than its predecessor. Compared to the 2012 model, the new Avalon is lower by 25 mm (0.98 inch), with its overhands now shorter by 15 mm (0.59 inch) and 45 mm (1.77 inches) on the front and rear, respectively. The vehicle's stance has also been improved with compact exterior dimensions.
Interestingly, the gap between the body of the 2013 Avalon and its tires is now narrower by 7 mm (0.27 inch) than on its predecessor. Moreover, the proportions of the car’s greenhouse are now tighter, thanks to the fact the rear side rails surrounding the rear glass are now narrower by 33 mm (1.29 inches). In addition, Toyota increased the new Avalon’s tread 10 mm (0.39 inch) on the front and 15 mm (0.59 inch) at the rear, resulting to a wider wheel placement below its body.