Toyota has just released a teaser image of what it says is an all-new, designed-in-America sedan that will debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show next week. It isn't immediately clear if the vehicle will be a concept or production car, but Toyota has issued no showcar qualifiers, suggesting it's something that will be in dealers soon. Described as having "an elegant yet athletic look," the teased rear end most likely belongs to the next-generation Avalon full-size sedan.

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. 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. The teaser image provided today by Toyota supports this, showing a severely sloped C-pillar and little-to-no rear deck. And while the cut lines for the trunk aren't visible in this rendering, we wouldn't be surprised if that's a hatch.

Toyota's new sedan, whatever it is, will makes its worldwide debut on April 5 at the New York Auto Show. We'll be there covering it live, so keep your computer tuned to Autoblog for more.
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Toyota to Debut a Stunning U.S.-Designed Sedan at the 2012 New York International Auto Show

TORRANCE, Calif., March 27, 2012 - Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. will debut an all-new U.S.-designed sedan at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. This global premiere will take place in the Galleria room within the Jacob Javits Center at 10:30 a.m. EDT on April 5, 2012.

The sedan's exciting new design features an elegant yet athletic look.

Media and the public will have the opportunity to participate in a live-streaming video chat with the designers of the new sedan by submitting questions via Twitter and Facebook with the #ToyotaDesign hashtag. The Toyota Design Live chat is scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT on April 5, 2012 and hosted on http://www.facebook.com/toyota.


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      Anthony Vangeli
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. I still don't trust them to make a good looking car after the latest Camry and Corolla, not to mention the Camrification of the Venza, that one unique, decent design from Toyota that should've never been touched... This backend looks amazing, but then so does the one on the new Camry. It's the front that has me worried.
      ghlibi
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks like the next Avalon that's been rumoured about. Hopefully it will make up for the staid carry-over the current one is, or maybe not. I don't think Toyota can embue Hyundai's freshness into it's designs given the target demographic of retirees that the Avalon attracts. Engine will probably be carry over unless they decide to go the turbo 4 cylinder route as everyone has gone, any more power than the current 3.5L's 268hp output to the front wheels will have to be mitigated by adding 4WD which will only add more weight. Sadly, the metal in the flesh will always be taller, stubbier and sedate relative to concept drawings and renderings.
      Awhattup
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW! it looks like a low roof line sports car!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Awhattup
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      Steve
      • 3 Years Ago
      This makes me wonder why the new Camry doesn't look this sleek. I'll be looking forward to see how this car turns out.
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one sexy looking ass. I like it.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Same basic shape...With the rear taillights of a Kia Optima and the front end of a Camry.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      It won't ever look that good.
      futuramautoblog
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's just see how much of characters of the designer's intention will translate from sketch to an actual production car. Coming up with a cool sketch is one, but bringing it all together onto a package meeting all the criteria and making it look good is another. You've built my expectation now CALTY. Now.. Impress me in real life!!
      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Probably going to head off in an CC/Azera-like direction to differentiate itself from the Camry and compete with the new Azera and other $30K near-luxry sedans.
      Griffen427
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm guessing they want to compete a bit better style-wise with the Passat CC and upcoming Azera and Impala.
      JF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stunning!
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like it's going to be a large camry with a fastback
        joe shmoe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        that camry grille makes it look downscale. they should use a more elegant grille for the avalon.
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