Toyota is all set to release its new Avalon Hybrid model in the upcoming year 2013. The automaker has revealed the specifications and pricing for the new hybrid model. The price for this new hybrid model will start at $35,000. The EPA mileage of the new 2013 hybrid model is rated at 40 mpg combined.
The new 2013 Avalon Hybrid is powered by a 2.5 litre 4-cylinder Atkinson engine that produces 156 hp of output power at 5,700 rpm. It is coupled with twin electric motors rated at 105 kW and the total system power output of Avalon’s Hybrid Synergy Drive is 200 hp, which is enough for the sedan to accelerate to 60 kph in just 8 seconds.
The hybrid system is powered by a 244.8-volt nickel metal-hydride battery that is placed inside the luggage room close to the back seat to give maximum trunk space. Regenerative braking helps in recharging the battery. Like the other hybrid models, the new Avalon hybrid also offers multiple driving options that allow choosing between performance and fuel economy. There is also an EV mode that allows the vehicle to travel about a mile with speed limit of 20 mph in ideal conditions.
Toyota claims that according to EPA’s rated fuel economy, one can travel up to 680 miles by filling gas one time.
Avalon that made its debut in 1994 was called as “love letter to the AARP” and now it is going to appeal to the younger generation. Toyota has taken serious steps in designing the new sedan to appeal to more customers.
The new 2013 model offers sporty and compact exterior dimensions and with more complexity in styling that does not reduce the interior comforts. The interior is very different for the new Avalon, with a well sculptured dash panel, and curved surfaces in the front; the cabin space shows that the interiors are highly appealing.
Technological features include a needle type screen that displays hybrid regeneration and power output. A dial display on the Eco area shows when the car is driven in an eco-sensitive manner and also guides the driver’s throttle input to increase economical driving practice. It also features climate controlling systems, radar systems, and a 6.1-inch TFT touchscreen that gives navigation and infotainment options.
The new 2013 Avalon is likely to go on sale during the start of December. It follows a strategy laid out by Toyota recently that has is more focused towards hybrids and away from electric vehicles.