Toyota RAV4 Debuts at NY International Auto Show

2019 Toyota RAV4         Manufacturer image

At first glance, the only indication that the new RAV4 is indeed a Toyota is its ever-familiar oval emblem.

It's built on Toyota's new TNGA platform, which will eventually underpin all the maker's models in some form. It's also slightly wider and just a bit shorter than the present RAV4. So, the arrival of the all-new 2019 RAV4 SUV at the New York Auto show can be referred as the most important new vehicle of the auto industry debuting at the auto show. It's an all-new AWD system that can distribute 50 per cent of the power to the rear wheels when needed and also send it individually to the left or right rear wheels for improved cornering and rough-road ability. Using a pair of clutches on the center driveshaft, disconnecting the rear wheels and reducing fuel consumption when all-wheel drive isn't needed.

Additionally, when equipped with AWD, Adventure models are outfitted with Multi-Terrain Select as standard.

A new 2.5 litre petrol hybrid will be available RAV4 when it arrives in the United Kingdom in 2019, and you'll also be able to opt for Toyota's new 2.0 litre petrol too and, we're assuming, Toyota's new CVT gearbox, at least as an option.

Some of the physical changes to the RAV4 appear to be it embracing more of its 4Runner heritage in both the front-end design and some of the styling lines.

Toyota includes its Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 as standard equipment with the 2019 RAV4.

At the show, Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, said the carmaker's registrations have become increasingly weighted towards hybrids since 2015, when sales were split evenly between hybrids and diesels. It's flanked by control buttons and knobs for volume and tuning, which not only makes the system easier to use, but also keeps it from looking like a misplaced iPad. Toyota expects that the new powertrain will give RAV4 class-leading fuel efficiency along with increased horsepower and acceleration.

Inside the new RAV4, the interior packs Toyota's latest Entune 3.0 multimedia system with a standard 7-inch touchscreen display that supports Amazon Alexa connectivity and Apple CarPlay standard. The hybrid will be available soon after, probably in February or March of 2019, Testani said.

As many as five USB ports are available inside the CUV, and there is an optional 11-speaker, 800-watt JBL audio system. Without mentioning numbers, Toyota says the new RAV4 offers better rear-seat width and legroom, both of which were excellent before. Some standard safety includes a total of eight airbags, pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, and the new lane tracing assist.

Non-hybrid grades of the new RAV4 are due in late 2018 in the USA, while hybrids will go on sale in early 2019.

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