When we think Toyota Avalon, phrases like 'social security', 'medicare' and 'Denny's Grand Slam' come to mind. The reason? The majority of Avalons out on the road are driven by old folks and curtain rod salesman, but a report from Automotive News suggests that this could all change in the very near future.

In its report, AN claims that the next Avalon was shown to Toyota dealers in June, and the employees loved what they saw. The large sedan will reportedly undergo a massive redesign that will morph the Avalon from a granny-glider to a curvy stud, with design comparisons already being made to the Audi A7 and the Jaguar XJ.

Sure, Toyota dealers typically spend their work days looking at the Yaris and Corolla, so their design eye could be muddied a bit. But at the very least, the next Avalon should be very different from the model we know and ignore today, and that should be a welcomed change of pace.

Speaking of the Yaris and Corolla, AN states that both models are slated for redesign. The new Yaris will arrive this fall with more aggressive styling and a bit more interior room. The Corolla will also get a heavy refresh for the 2012 model year, though the more thorough overhaul will likely come in the spring of 2014. The Corolla will reportedly evolve into more of a European-inspired design instead of following curvy competitors like the Ford Focus.

Another interesting development could come courtesy of the Sequoia SUV. AN claims that Toyota is looking into dropping the current model for the 2014 model year and using the Sequoia name as an entry trim for the iconic Land Cruiser. In total, Toyota will reportedly unleash 10 new or redesigned vehicles through the end of next year.


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      noodlz
      • 3 Years Ago
      $70000 says it looks nothing like an XJ or A7. I can go buy an A7 if I'm right, you can buy 2 Avalons if I'm wrong.
      Thenewblack
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not the biggest Toyota fan, but can I just say... Can we please judge a car's design when it is released, and not before even spy shots are available? All this negativity about a car we haven't seen or driven yet. Jeez
      • 3 Years Ago
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      gopena
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just. One. Second... Toyota dealers know what A7's and XJ's look like? How is this possible!?
      TahsinZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm confused, the Toyota Corolla got a redesign for 2009, and a heavy exterior refresh for 2011. And they are getting ANOTHER heavy refresh for 2012? I'll assume that the upcoming refresh will keep the exterior but make for a better interior, a better engine/transmission, or better fuel economy.
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TahsinZ
        Engine/transmission upgrades would be unsurprising. Considering 40mpg is the new 30mpg, Toyota's gotta step it up a couple of notches.
        Awjvail
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TahsinZ
        I wouldn't exactly call the 2011 refresh "heavy". New taillights and bumpers. That is all.
        Bruce Lee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TahsinZ
        The 2011 refresh didn't really change the car to be more modern, I'm guessing this heavier refresh includes a whole new interior like the Avalon refresh.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's about time Toyota used it billions in reserve cash for something. 10 new and improved models, breaking some molds, is well overdue.
      Bentot
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wo..a curvy stud, a fastback Avalon, with looks comparable to an A7 or the XJ. Let's just hope it doesn't get inspiration (of an abomination) from the swoopy Honda Crosstour.
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      No surprise there...Toyota can't come up with their own design language...next Camry is looking like a Civic/TSX in the front...Some current Toyotas have copied Fords gillette like bar grilles...
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      XJ? I don't see how anyone can see anything but a tarted up Camry in that thing..
        Leather Bear
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        You do realize that the pics above are of the current model and that the article refers to the next (unpictured) Avalon?
      DarkKnight67
      • 3 Years Ago
      And once again, Toyota lacks an original thought on design and copies from everyone else - while succeeding in making it cheaper and uglier.
      FeMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am a Toyota fan, but even I will admit: SOFA KING BORING.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FeMan
        I get the pun, but sofa king is the best way to describe the Avalon anyway. A big cushy couch for octogenarians with bad hips.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      What hubris these people have! No wonder their homeland is drowning in debt and radiation. Why don't they admit Detroit kicked the crap out of the poorly executed Sequioa and go on rather using the name on a Land Cruiser trimline?
        gopena
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        I'm guessing you've never driven/owned a sequoia. say what you will about toyota's cars, I don't care. I do, however, hold their trucks in a different regard. Did you know the sequoia has an IRS? I don't think thats a thing on the tahoe...
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Why not use it? Detroit resurrects and repurposes badges all the time, it's a sensible practice.
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