Toyota has announced that the all-new 2013 Avalon will be available with a hybrid powertrain, for the first time ever.
Toyota has announced that the all-new 2013 Avalon will be available with a hybrid powertrain, for the first time ever. The new Avalon hybrid, which goes on sale later this year will be powered by a four-cylinder engine mated to two electric motors and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack.
The 2013 Avalon Hybrid will have an EPA-rating of 40 mpg combined thanks to its Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system that features a 2.5L Atkinson-cycle, four-cylinder engine, a 244.8-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack, and a pair of electric motor/generators within the transaxle. The Avalon Hybrid achieves a total system output of 200 horsepower and offers three unique modes of operation: EV, ECO and SPORT. The Avalon Hybrid models achieve an EPA-rated 40 mpg in the city, and a 39 mpg on the highway for a combined 40 mpg EPA-rating.
In EV mode the Avalon hybrid can travel up to one mile at speeds up to 25 mph. The ECO drive mode engages the gasoline motor, but reduces throttle response and HVAC output to help improve overall efficiency. The SPORT Mode takes full advantage of the new Avalon’s dynamic character, improved chassis, and enhanced suspension by altering the engine’s throttle response and enhancing steering feel.
Unlike most hybrids that feature only one electric motor, the Avalon’s system has two. The first electric motor/ generator is used to start the gasoline engine and generate the energy that is returned to the battery to power the system. The second Motor/Generator is primarily responsible for electric drivetrain propulsion and regenerative braking.
For buyers that want a conventional motor, the 2013 Avalon is also available with a 268 horsepower 3.5L V6. The V6-powered 2013 Avalon achieves an EPA-rated 25 mpg combined (21 city/ 31 hwy).