Toyota announced Tuesday that it would unveil an all-new sedan at the New York International Auto Show next week. So far, the automaker has only released a sketch of the new car, but Toyota says in a press release that, “The sedan’s exciting new design features an elegant yet athletic look.”
A number of auto journalists surmise that the new car could be the next-generation Toyota Avalon. “While we can't be sure until the wraps are removed in New York, the Avalon is our best guess based on descriptions of the redesigned Avalon from Toyota dealers who were shown it last year in June,” writes Autoblog. “The dealers drew comparisons between the redesigned Avalon and upscale cars like the Audi A7 and Jaguar XJ, suggesting it will transition from a traditional sedan to a four-door coupe shape.”
Sharing styling cues with cars like the Audi A7, Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz CLS and Volkswagen CC could help the automaker boost Avalon sales. Toyota’s February sales report indicates that the automaker sold 3,497 Avalons so far this year. That’s significantly less than the 34,543 Toyota Camrys that moved off dealer lots by February’s end.
Additionally, a redesign might give the Avalon an edge against newer affordable large cars. Automobile Magazine writes that the Avalon “could benefit from some serious changes to take on the new 2012 Hyundai Azera.”
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