New Toyota and Lexus vehicles will support Apple CarPlay

Toyota to debut Apple CarPlay integration with 2019 Avalon

2019 Toyota Avalon comes to Detroit in V6 and hybrid flavors

The vehicle will also showcase a bevy of new safety features and systems created to increase handling capabilities.

This is quite surprising as a mass market feature like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are some of the things which a carmaker like Toyota should have acted quickly on.

Just like the 2018 Camry's Cockpit Red leather package, the Avalon's new Cognac leather color shows Toyota is working hard to shake the cobwebs of complacency off. And let's face it, the digital components are becoming more important than the analog aspects for many new-car buyers.

Powering it is an upgraded version of Toyota's 3.5-litre V6 for the range-topper, alongside a four-cylinder hybrid drivetrain also offered in the Camry.

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The company confirmed in a comment to MacRumors that CarPlay will show up in additional 2019 cars from Toyota and Lexus that run the company's Entune 3.0 (for Toyota) and Enform 2.0 (for Lexus) infotainment platforms as well.

Also included is a wireless smartphone charger and five USB ports, while the new three-year subscription to Remote Connect allows you to lock/unlock the doors, check your fuel level or even start the engine using a smartwatch or Amazon Alexa.

As in the outgoing model, the Avalon comes standard with an especially high degree of safety gear: automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and automatic high-beam headlights are standard on all trim levels.

"Avalon is a strong indicator of our commitment to this evolving premium segment", said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is also part of the standard equipment set. And the Avalon stays a front driver, bucking the all-wheel drive trend. The XLE and Limited trims feature a front fascia (absolutely) dominated by horizontal lines, while the XSE and Touring trims have a different front fascia, (absolutely) dominated by a black plastic honeycomb pattern.

The Touring model gains Sport+ and Custom modes, as well as Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) dampers that provide real-time damping control to maximise agility and controllability. The company will announce the pricing details and further information very soon.

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