Redesigned Toyota RAV4 for 2019 Unveiled at New York Auto Show
Toyota has pulled the wraps off the tough-looking 2019 RAV4 at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. The RAV4 has been the top-selling model in the US, and the new model will take its popularity to a new level, thanks to some major overhauls.
As expected, Toyota unveiled its 2019 RAV4 at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. The Toyota RAV4 has been the best-selling model in the US which can be gauged from the fact that only last year it has sold over 400,000 units at a 15 percent growth rate.
Backed by such great response, the Japanese carmaker has pulled out all the stops to overhaul the RAV4 for 2019. The new-generation Toyota RAV4 is built on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform which is also featured in some of the recent cars such as the Camry, the Prius, and the Corolla Hatchback.
Due to the TNGA platform, the 2019 RAV4 now has a slightly longer wheelbase, wider profile, and low ground clearance. It is also shorter in height and lengthwise a tad smaller. Overall, this results in a true compact SUV design which nonetheless gives off a beefier look.
The vehicle is aggressive and slightly of angular design thanks to the prominently bold grille, stylish 19-inch black alloy wheels, and two-tone color theme. Moreover, the new LED headlamps/taillamps, front and rear skid plates, spoiler on the roof, and dual exhaust system add to the sportiness of the vehicle.
Inside the car, the dashboard has a floating infotainment system laced with Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, as well as Toyota's Entune 3.0 audio features. Up front, the buttons are large and rubberized for a better grip. Also, the inside now features new upholstery. Other add-ons include USB ports, wireless phone chargers, and 88-watt JBL sound system. Apart from that, there is an improved seating arrangement so that passengers do not feel claustrophobic.
The safety features are all bolstered up with Toyota safety system at the helm. It includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, emergency braking, dynamic cruise control, and lane departure warning. The Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) helps in giving comprehensive driving assistance. Also, the car is fitted with as many as six cameras for tracking and safety purposes.
Talking about the specs, the Toyota RAV4 is fired by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine tied to eight-speed automatic transmission. However, the hybrid variant of the RAV4 gets a CVT unit. The RAV4 entails three AWD systems with traditional and AWD-i hybrid arrangements.
More details on the spec front are likely to come in the coming months along with the pricing. And if you have taken a fancy of this compact crossover, unfortunately, it is not launching anytime soon. The standard gasoline version will hit the stores in December 2018 while the hybrid model will only go on sale early next year.
- Images from pressroom.toyota.com