Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Toyota RAV4 previewed ahead of NY show

2019 Toyota RAV4: looking more SUV than crossover First Look: With the 2019 RAV4, Toyota gives its best-selling crossover a new rugged look
Nina Mathis | 29 March, 2018, 02:28

The new RAV4's unibody chassis is 57 percent more rigid than its predecessor and its multi-link rear suspension has been retuned to provide better handling, minimum interior cabin noise, and the better ride comfort. A black roof is paired with shades of gray, white, silver, and a new blue to give the hybrid a distinctive exterior style but in an atypical hybrid way (i.e., not frumpy looking).

Of course, the Limited receives more than just flashy alloys and shiny bits. Among some of the other goodies available on various RAV4 trims are a rear-view mirror with rear camera display, an 11-speaker, 800-watt JBL sound system, panoramic sunroof, power seats and seat heaters and ventilation. Entune 3.0 Audio Plus adds an eight-inch touchscreen and Sirius XM Radio.

Toyota alleges the new RAV4 will boast best-in-class fuel economy and improved driving dynamics.

Powered by a 2.5-liter "Dynamic Force" four-cylinder engine, the RAV4 is expected to keep the same 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque as the Camry. When Toyota says that its model is "new" they really mean it. We'll have a better understanding of this car's value factor after we get our mitts on this vehicle at next week's New York Auto Show, but for the moment, that seems like pretty agreeable pricing for a vehicle with dramatically more content than its forbearer. There should be a video in there for you as Toyota is being quite generous by showing not only the regular model, but also the thrifty XSE Hybrid, the rugged Adventure grade, and the fancy Limited trim. When it is needed, the system can send up to 50 percent of torque to the rear wheels; couple that with the terrain selection and Toyota promises a RAV4 with off-road chops, although we're not sure you should follow that Cherokee Trailhawk just yet. All models feature an all-wheel drive system that's been created to reduce fuel consumption.




But performance isn't the only priority in the new RAV4.

As compared to the fourth generation in terms of styling, Toyota focused on improving visibility for the driver.

Unveiled at the New York Motor Show and due on sale from next year, the fifth-generation RAV4 debuts the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform used on models including the Prius and the forthcoming new Auris.

Toyota has confirmed every single 2019 RAV4 sold in Australia will come with an extensive safety equipment package consisting of a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection and auto emergency braking (AEB), radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and auto high-beam headlights. We expect final specs and pricing closer to its on-sale date, if not sooner.

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