Toyota Reveals Refreshed 2016 Avalon Including Hybrid Version

Today Toyota unveiled its midcycle refresh of its Avalon including the hybrid version.

Unwrapped at the Chicago Auto Show, the fourth-generation vehicle that was all-new in 2013 gets styling updates while leaving powertrain intact.

Under the hood of the hybrids is A 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine paired with electric drive netting 200 horsepower. Efficiency is 40 mpg combined which compares favorably to V6 models netting 24 combined.

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New for the 2016 Avalon is a retuned suspension, new LED headlights and tail lights, more convenience features, and of course, the latest look.

The Avalon Hybrid comes in five grades of V6 and hybrids come in three separate grades, from XLE Plus to XLE Premium and Limited.

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All models get wider lower front grille with narrow upper grille, new turn signals (replacing fog lights), chrome rear bumper accent, and gray accent stitching with light gray interior.

New standard features on XLE and XLE Plus grades include redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch Entune Audio Plus screen, woodgrain dash trim, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Technology upgrades for the XLE Premium include Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite and the Qi Wireless Charging as standard.

The “performance-tuned” Avalon Touring adds to its sporty styling and standard are new 18-inch dark gray painted alloy wheels, sporty front fascia, new LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and a “Touring” badge.

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The vehicle comes with a host of electronic safety including radar assisted crios and blind spot detecton.

It shares characteristics with the Lexus ES 300h, and it and the Camry Hybrid all share variations of the same hybrid powertrain.

Pricing was not announced but will be closer to release later this year or the fall.