Toyota to reveal new 2016 Avalon at 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Toyota to Reveal a New Avalon, Tacoma Pickup at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Along with the FT-1, Toyota is showing lots of new product and technology at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.  The most notable of which is, depending on what your vehicle of choice is, either a newly redesigned Toyota Avalon and Avalon Hybrid; or the new 2016 Toyota Tacoma pickup.

In the Chicagoland area, Avalons are a go-to for the old Cadillac crowd.  Not necessarily a bad thing, as Toyota brings a boatload of luxury to their flagship.  As well as dependability and safety.  Toyota Tacomas are seen everywhere, from the Loop and out to the hinterlands.  Yes, we have hinterlands around Chicago.  They’re called Northwest Indiana, and anything past Lake Forest on the north Aurora on the west, and I-80 on the south.

Toyota isn’t putting out much about the new Avalon, other than the very cool teaser image.  About the new Tacoma they say:

The new 2016 Tacoma was primarily developed by the Toyota engineering team at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.  Starting with the frame, they added high strength steel to enhance rigidity and overall strength.  Ultra-high strength steel was integrated into the body shell using a new hot stamping process that reduces weight.

 

To create a truck to meet the needs of active drivers on a variety of tamed and untamed surfaces, the suspension was fine-tuned to help deliver a smoother on-road ride, while making it even more capable off-road.

 

 

You may be saying to yourself, “this isn’t a green car”.  To which I would say, “this is the Chicago Auto Show, and I have to represent for my city”.  Moving on….

The new Tacoma features a 2.7 liter 4-cylinder standard, or a new 3.5 liter Atkinson V6.  Power is channeled to the wheels by a new 6-speed electronic transmission.  Those who opt for the V6 can choose a 6-speed manual shifter.

 

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