Toyota introduces redesigned 2011 Avalon at Chicago Auto Show

Toyota has unveiled the redesigned 2011 Avalon at 2010 Chicago Auto Show.

The new Avalon possesses a new exterior style and offers a restyled interior with touch points and practical new technologies. The 2011 Avalon is powered by a 24-valve, dual-overhead cam 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm. The engine is equipped with a new dual VVT-i electronic valve-control mechanism. It is attached to a multi-mode six-speed automatic transmission and is an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV), EPA-estimated to deliver 20 mpg in the city, 29 on the motorway and 23 combined.

According to Toyota, upgraded equipment and technology of new Avalon features a touch-screen navigation system with real-time traffic and bluetooth hands-free phone capability, with music streaming to the audio system. It also includes XM satellite radio (subscription required) and both USB and 1/8-inch auxiliary connections for iPod and other audio devices.

The safety features of 2011 Avalon includes the use of tested energy absorbing structures, protective side impact beams and overhead structure, advanced belt systems and active front headrests. It has a redesigned accelerator pedal assembly and a brake override system. It also includes seven airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), brake assist, and TRAC traction control system.

Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of Toyota division, at Toyota Motor Sales, USA, said: "The Avalon has long been appreciated by smart, conscientious consumers who recognize quality materials and the beauty of detailed craftsmanship. 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."

The redesigned 2011 Avalon is expected to arrive at Toyota dealerships in spring 2010.