GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Toyota Kentucky unveiled the all-new 2019 Avalon Monday.
According to Susan Elkington, president of the Kentucky plant, this fifth generation of the Avalon has proven to be the future of Toyota manufacturing.
The new Avalon was built on its Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) manufacturing platform, which allows more flexibility and creativity on the production line.
The Kentucky plant is the first Toyota facility in North America to build on this platform thanks to a $1.33-billion investment in the plant.
The first vehicle built on this platform was the 2018 Camry.
The Avalon is designed and engineered in the U.S. and is produced exclusively in Georgetown.
The Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) plant is the largest Toyota production facility in the world, with more than 8,000 team members.
The new Avalon includes a few firsts for Toyota:
– Available Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), which enhances controllability and sharp handling;
– Standard Apple CarPlay and Available Dynamic Auxiliary Turn Signals;
– Available Engine Sound Enhancement (that’s right, you can literally press a button that gives you the sounds of a sports car);
– Two new TNGA powertrains include a punchy 3.5-liter V6 (which allows for more power and less fuel consumption) and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Toyota Hybrid System (the only full hybrid in the premium mid-size sedan segment).
The Avalon also features standard passive and active safety benefits through Toyota Safety Sense.
The 2019 Avalon will be available in two Sport Plus models, XSE and Touring, plus the more luxurious XLE and Limited.
Hybrid grades include XLE, Limited and XSE.