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2016 Toyota Avalon Drops Bug Eye Headlights

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Toyota revealed the 2016 Avalon today in Chicago with refreshed styling and mild mechanical changes.

Most noticeably, the headlights have been replaced by LED units that also have a new shape. It also has a wider and lower front grille, revised turn signals and a chrome accent on the rear bumper. Toyota also tweaked the suspension to offer a choice between a more comfortable or sportier ride.

Power still comes from a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque or a hybrid powertrain with 200 total HP courtesy of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder linked to a hybrid powertrain.

The XLE and XLE Plus trims also come with updated standard equipment lists that include new 17-inch alloy wheels, Toyota’s seven-inch Entune infotainment touchscreen, woodgrain in the dashboard and a tire pressure monitoring system.

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Meanwhile, the slightly sportier Touring trim gets 18-inch alloys, a revised front fascia meant to make the car look a little meaner and new LED daytime running lights.

Finally, Toyota’s top-of-the-line “Limited” trim level gets its own 18-inch wheels for gasoline models or special 17-inch wheels with the hybrid. It also adds convenience features like automatically adjusting high beams, adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system and a pre-collision system.

Toyota didn’t announce pricing for the refreshed model today, but the company said they will go on sale later this year in the fall.

GALLERY: 2016 Toyota Avalon

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