2019 Toyota RAV4: Rugged Styling, Well Equipped, More off-road capabilty

Toyota has redesigned its best-seller in the US which follows the trio of top-selling trucks. Toyota sold more than 400, 000 units of the well-balanced RAV4 and hopes that new fifth-generation version will continue the successful path.

Toyota’s new, compact crossover SUV, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 brings more rugged styling and Toyota also promises better off-road capability. The torque-vectoring drive system combined with terrain selection system will help achieve that. However, the model will also deliver great efficiency and also comes in the hybrid form.

The all-new RAV4 also comes on the new modern platform and makes some changes in its proportions. The new technologies are also present as well and the standard safety suite.

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4: Platform, Design

The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 begins the transformation with brand’s new TNGA modular platform which already underpins the CH-R, Prius and Auris. The new platform provides 57 percent improved structural rigidity while also brings better weight distribution. The new RAV4 also has a wider stance and shorter overhangs which according to Toyota will boost its off-road talent. In the same time, the new version has 1.2 inches longer wheelbase while total length is 180.9 inches.

More rugged look:

From the visual perspective, the new RAV4 wears more rugged exterior. The inspiration comes from the FT-AC concept revealed last year. The front section gains new broader grille similar to the design on the 4Runner and Tacoma pickup truck.  There is also trapezoidal bumper section and massive fog lights bays up front.

The profile sports subtly sculpted character line and fenders while the rear has more angular design and horizontal taillights.

Toyota also brings the Adventure version with unique front sections, contracting roof color, 19-inch alloys, black exterior and orange interior accents.

Interior, Equipment:

Inside the cabin, the new RAV4 goes with the symmetrical dash design and the center screen sitting high on it. The base infotainment setup means a 7-inch touchscreen interface with Apple Car Play and Amazon Alexa integration. There is no Android Auto. Buyers will have a chance to upgrade to an 8-inch display. Bellow the center screen are air vents and even lower are climate controls.

Toyota said that standard version will be available in five trims while the hybridized version will come in four. What Toyota offers on all models is standard active safety suite which includes emergency braking, lane control, adaptive cruise control.

2019 Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4: Performance

On the performance front, the new 2019 Toyota RAV4 comes with the base petrol engine and the hybrid option.

The base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-4 with the front-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic gearbox. Toyota hasn’t disclosed the power ratings but leaked details suggest a power boost of 15 percent over the current 176 hp which should translate to around 200 horsepower.

The hybrid setup will use new electric motor setup and continuously variable transmission. Toyota says that RAV4 hybrid will be the highest-performance version and will offer the variant with sportier steering and firmer suspension.

The four-wheel drive system will be available with or without of the torque vectoring and the hybrid version will have the four-wheel traction thanks to the second electric motor. The all-wheel-drive models will also have traction control system operated through the center console-mounted control knob.

2019 Toyota RAV4: Arrival, Price

The new 2019 Toyota RAV4 will have the late-in-the-year sale date while the hybrid version will wait for the early next year launch. The price will appear closer to the sale date but it won’t go high above the current starting price of $25, 500.