The sleek sedan hints at a transition away from the traditional sedan shape in favour of a four-door 'coupe' style, with Toyota saying the new car features “an elegant yet athletic look”. The design is reminiscent of the Toyota FCV-R concept that was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo motor show, suggesting the new sharp-edged theme could become a styling characteristic of Toyota's future sedans.
It's not entirely clear if the show car will be a concept or a production vehicle at this stage, although the image fits the description of Toyota US dealers who were shown the new Avalon in June 2011 and made design comparisons with the Audi A7 and Jaguar XJ.
If the Avalon name has pricked your ears, don't get too excited. Although Toyota Australia produced a large car called the Avalon between 2000 and 2005, the nameplate was borrowed from the US, where the car has been sold since 1994.
The new Avalon will not be sold in Australia, with Toyota focusing on the new full-sized Aurion sedan for our market, which is due for an update next month.