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Old March 24th, 2004, 10:16 PM   #1
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2005 Toyota Avalon, 3.5L 270HP?

could be....

http://www.thecarconnection.com/inde...&sid=178&n=158

This is an artist sketch, not the actual car.



The current Toyota Avalon is often noted to have the quiet ride and interior comfort of Lexus sedans, but at a Toyota price. Despite that, the Avalon sells in relatively small numbers, possibly because the Toyota Camry is so much cheaper than the Avalon, or possibly because the Avalon has somewhat dated, squared-off styling. Word from insiders in Japan, however, reports that the next generation Avalon will have much more modern styling, with a long, rounded roofline sweeping into a high tail. The windshield slopes down to a fairly short, curving hood, and tall, narrow headlights sweep up the front fenders. The overall result is a thoroughly new, modern look for Toyota's flagship sedan.

Along with the new styling comes an upgrade to the latest Camry platform, since the current Avalon is now built on the last-generation Camry platform. The new Avalon will be stretched in length for extra interior room. Rear-seat legroom is said to be equal to or more than the big Lexus LS430. The engine will also be upgraded to a new 3.5-liter V-6 producing 270 hp.

This artist's sketch gives an idea of what this new, longer Avalon will look like when it is introduced for the 2005 model year.
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Old March 25th, 2004, 08:21 PM   #2
 
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I heard a hopeful rumor that the new Avalon would be RWD. Does anyone know if this is true?
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I highly doubt it.
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It's based on the Camry platform, which is setup for transverse engines and FWD or "light-duty" AWD only. So I'd say the rumor of RWD has very low credibility.

AWD is certainly a possibility, though. But I wouldn't want it standard. Adds too much weight, takes away from performance, and decreases gas mileage. Optional "maybe" but even then I really doubt it. The next-gen GS is supposed to have AWD standard, though.
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not to make any rude or diss any comment about the avalon, but it does look like the latest gen of lexus es 300/330 front... however, the rear from that sketch from the side kinda looks like as if it looks similar to either the honda insight or the diamante or mirage look or maybe civic? nevermind... but still that's pretty cool info; now the looks are kinda getting more futuristic for the newer cars.
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It's just a sketch of what the car "might" look like, so who knows how it'll look.
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Some interesting news .

Why would they make it more powerful than the ES330 though?

And that picture is a horribly rendered sketch of what it might look like. I think I see three different cars chopped to make up that pic (G35 front, Maxima side, Civic rear).



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it doesn't make sense. The 3.5 will be in the GS/IS and maybe even the SC (although I doubt it) so it'll be obviously a RWD mount position and transmission.

AWD is possible because in Japan, they have the AWD Camry (2.4 L only though... they don't offer the V6 over there). If anything, it will have the 3MZ (04-? V6) and not the IS/GS replacement engine.
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The new GS series is going to offer awd, so it may be true that the new Avalon will offer the same. If you look at the pics of the new Lexus GS series, they look very very similar to the Avalon pics.
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This Avalon pic looks like a Prius + Mitsu Diamante or a Prius and Lexus GS blended together. I wouldn't be surprised to find a hybrid drivetrain like that of the RX400h.
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