The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Is Heading to New York – Here’s (Sort of) What It Looks Like [News]

2019 Toyota RAV4 Teaser
[Photo: Toyota]

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will make its world debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show

The current RAV4 has been around since 2012, with its most recent refresh in 2015. It’s been around for awhile, so it’s time for an update. Now, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is headed to the New York Auto Show. at 9:10 A.M. EDT on March 28th, the all-new model will show itself to the world.

Until then, however, we have this. Toyota released a dark photo of the new car’s silhouette, and…well, you can’t see much. We can make out a few design changes in this car, even from a shadowy image. For instance, the front end appears to have a squarer, more aggressive front end. Clearly, it took some cues from the FT-AC concept Toyota unveiled at last year’s LA Auto Show there.

You can still tell it’s a RAV4 by virtue of its taillights and its near vertical (save the protruding bumper) rear-end design. One major difference, however, is that the 2019 Toyota RAV4’s rear glass area is much more steeply raked than in the current generation. It seems to be adopting a form language, with a “coupe-like” shape, that’s become standard fare for this generation of crossovers.

2019 Toyota RAV4 Teased
A side-profile view of the current-generation Toyota RAV4. [Photo: Toyota]

No word on powertrains, yet

The RAV4 will assuredly make thorough use of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TGNA) platform, which also underpins the Prius and the C-HR. It will likely feature a slightly more powerful naturally-aspirated engine in standard form, as well as a hybrid variant. The current RAV4 Hybrid achieves over 30 MPG, so we’d expect to see at least a bit more from the new model. Current front-wheel drive RAV4s get up to 26 MPG combined, while all-wheel drive models score up to 25 MPG, according to the EPA.

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