Toyota had the RAV4 as its most sold model in America previous year, overtaking Camry and Corolla as 4,00,000 units were retailed in 2017. "K platform", the new RAV4 promises to drive better thanks to the lower centre of gravity, 57 percent more rigid body shell as well as wider front and rear tracks.
But the 2019 RAV4 is full of bold character lines, chiseled features, and a grille that looks just as annoyed to be sitting in traffic as you are. 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.
A 2.5-litre hybrid model has been announced too and, while no figures have been revealed, it'll be able to beat the current RAV4 hybrid for both power and mpg. Also available will be up to five USB ports, wireless device charging, and an all-new 11-speaker JBL sound system.
We've seen it live from the New York Auto Show and in our nifty side by side comparison, and now it's time to check out the next-generation RAV4 in action courtesy of promo footage.
One of its three AWD systems along with a more traditional arrangement and Toyota's AWD-i hybrid setup generates 30 %more torque for the electrically driven rear wheels. This model's direct predecessor started life under the Scion iM nameplate, but after Toyota axed its youth brand, it absorbed the model into its portfolio, rechristening it Corolla iM.
The Corolla Hatchback will be offered with a new six-speed manual transmission (huzzah!) that features rev-matching, but the new Dynamic-Shift continuously variable transmission will doubtlessly be specified in a majority of models.
The 2019 RAV4 won't go on sale until late this year, probably December, while its hybrid version will be available next February or March.
Two powertrains are on offer for the 2019 RAV4, with customers given the choice between a 2.5-liter VVT-iE engine married to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a system made of the same engine and Toyota's Hybrid System II connected to an electronically-controlled CVT. Its suspension is sport-tuned, but Toyota says it will deliver "a civilized, quiet ride".
All trims come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, a suite of features including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and even auto high beams.