Toyota’s best-selling crossover gets a redesign after six years in its current generation
The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 is here. How do you improve a class leading crossover (sales leader in 2017 including fleet sales) in a fiercely competitive market? This is the task that Toyota took on when design the new RAV4. One answer is – improve everything. This is what Toyota is looking to do with the next generation of its compact crossover.
Toyota chose two versions of the newly updated “Dynamic Force” 2.5-liter four cylinder engine to power its regular and hybrid models. Horsepower and torque figures will be available closer to the car’s launch. The new engine uses many of latest internal combustion technologies to bring its thermal efficiency and responsiveness up. Toyota has not released the power specifications yet, but the company says the new power plants offer better performance, response, and efficiency. A new 8-speed automatic transmission does the gear shifting in the regular RAV4 model, while a CVT is on duty in the hybrid models.
The latest AWD system can send up to 50% of the power to rear wheel and also perform torque vectoring from side to side to better road performance and off-road capability.
More spacious than before
Toyota says that the sportiest RAV4 is the new XSE Hybrid, so gas/electric power is focused on more than just efficiency.
The 2019 RAV4 has a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase than before, and it is 0.4 inches wider. The overall length and height actually go down by about 0.2 inches. The interior has been redesigned to improve usability and improve storage.
The Adventure and Limited trim levels return for 2019 with further differentiation in style and amenities. All new RAV4s will come with Toyota’s second generation of driver assistance technologies (TSS 2.0). The dynamic cruise control and lane departure warning/assist systems have been improved, and the TSS 2.0 system adds ability for “lane tracing” (a feature that help the drive stay in the middle of the lane on the highways) and road sign recognition. The system is able to recognize certain Stop, Yield, Do Not Enter and Speed Limit signs and display a warning (visual and audible alerts) for the driver.
The new 2019 RAV4 goes on sale in winter of 2018. Hybrid models will soon follow, in early 2019.
Our team is in New York this week, and we will bring all the latest about the new 2019 RAV4. Stay tuned for many more details and information.
Here is the first official look at the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4.