The 2019 RAV4 that debuted Wednesday at the NY auto show looks nothing like its predecessor, that's for sure.
The hybrid version of the RAV4 will have a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to the usual Toyota electric setup - only this time the vehicle features a second electric motor powering the rear wheels, allowing the hybrid version to offer four-wheel drive for the first time. Higher end models can opt for a high-output JBL audio system. All conventional RAV4s for Canada are built in Woodstock, Ont., and for the first time, the hybrid will also be built in Canada.
The new-generation Toyota RAV4 built on the company's "Toyota New Global Architecture" a.k.a. TNGA platform, which now underpins the new Camry, Prius, C-HR, and the recently unveiled Corolla hatchback.
The new hatch, which we'd say is a good bet to outsell its predecessor, gets more dynamic styling that ties neatly in with what Toyota has recently done with its new Camry and Avalon models. It can send up to 50 percent of the available torque to the rear axle and even distribute it to the left and right rear wheel to improve handling.
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The model's first top-to-bottom redesign in more than half a decade is coming for US showrooms with updates the carmaker is betting will cement its lead in the surging small sport utility vehicle segment Toyota pioneered.
When it begins selling later this year, the 2019 RAV4 will be offered in five versions for the ICE engine and four for the hybrid.
The new RAV4 will be available with two TNGA powertrains, both more fuel-efficient and powerful than those deployed in the current model. The new RAV4 also boasts a convenient shelf between the upper and lower dash, flawless for small items.
On the tech front, Toyota has included its latest Entune 3.0 infotainment system on all models.
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A 2.0-liter petrol engine will therefore be the standard powerplant in non-hybrid variants, although no hard facts about its power and performance have yet been revealed.
Check out the gallery of images of the new vehicle at the bottom of the page.
Following the new Avalon and Corolla hatchback, the RAV4 becomes the third vehicle in Toyota's lineup to get Apple CarPlay. The drivetrain is a choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or an innovative CVT that includes both a gear drive for the lowest gear and a belt drive for higher gears; this improves acceleration from standstill and is also featured on the new Lexus UX. It features piano black accents on the outside, LED headlights and sport-tuned suspension.
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