Toyota RAV4 Debuts Bold New Look

Mar 29, 2018, 01:37

While Toyota hasn't released full specifications on the new RAV4, it sticks to the same formula as the outgoing version: Five passengers, and plenty of cargo space.

Toyota mentions forward visibility has also been improved by moving the side mirrors lower on the doors, while the lowered beltline helps with the side visibility.

Toyota has not yet disclosed power or fuel economy metrics for the new M20A-FKS engine, but we expect to know more prior to the car's on-sale date. It's also slightly wider and just a bit shorter than the present RAV4.

The exterior of the RAV4 has been transformed thanks to a more serious look, rather than the soft-roader appearance of the current model. 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. "The disconnection features the world's first ratchet-type dog clutches on both the front and rear wheel shafts".

The petrol engine will be available with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions and features an updated AWD system that brings a rear disconnect on the automatic transmission versions. The new AWD system is one of three available on the all-new RAV4, including the AWD-i system available on hybrid grades and the non-Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD system available on non-hybrid models. Also, the same powertrain is used for the second generation hybrid system as well as for the continuously variable transmission.

Some of the physical changes to the RAV4 appear to be it embracing more of its 4Runner heritage in both the front-end design and some of the styling lines.

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Past year the RAV4 overtook the Camry as Toyota's best-selling model in the USA, as well as was the No.1-selling non-pickup in the light-truck segment. Optional Qi wireless charging is available on select trims and audio channeled through an 11-speaker setup by JBL sound systems. The compact will also receive the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 2.0 suite which includes front precollision warning with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and prevention, automatic high beams and, new this year, Lane Trace Assist.

In addition to its new platform, the Corolla Hatchback also receives a new naturally aspirated "Dynamic-Force" four-cylinder engine. Road Sign Assist can identify traffic signs like stop, yield, do not enter, etc. and display warnings to the driver based on those.

For the first time in a Toyota sold in North America, the 2019 RAV4 gets a digital display rearview mirror if you go for the range-topping Limited version.

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