At the 2018 New York Auto Show, the carmaker has taken an opportunity to present its all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4. And with no doubt, we could say that it is the best-looking and more powerful than any other version before. This model has been changing through four generations and has finally entered the fifth generation. As anticipated, the next generation model will bring several significant upgrades in every segment. Those include more power, better efficiency, new platform, more space inside the cabin, and improved all-wheel drive capability.
So, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 will ride on the new architecture which will make it larger than before. The larger dimensions will also provide more space inside and both front and rear passengers will feel cozier. As well, the RAV4 will be the first model to use the TNGA platform with all-wheel drive. Furthermore, the new Toyota will be powered by the new engine and new transmission as well. The hybrid engine will be offered too for those who want a vehicle with better fuel economy. Moreover, the next-generation RAV4 will finally appear with Apple CarPlay, but unfortunately, the Android Auto won’t be offered once again.
Engines and performances of the 2019 Toyota RAV4
In the engine department, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 will receive a new engine, more power, and new transmission. The standard model will be powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 which will now be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine will be able to produce more than 200 horsepower.
On the other hand, there will also be a hybrid engine which will combine the same 2.5-liter inline-4 with electric motors and a battery pack. This unit will work with a continuously variable transmission. As before, the front-wheel drive will be standard and the all-wheel drive will be optional.
The new platform, redesign of exterior and interior
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will be switched to the new Toyota Next-Generation Architecture (TNGA) which will make it grow in size a bit. It is going to slightly wider and wheelbase will be longer for around 1.2 inches.
As for the exterior design, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 will look better than ever. It will also be more aerodynamic and will feature more muscular lines. As well, depending on a trim level, the RAV4 will be available with a contrasting roof color.
Because of the new platform, the new Toyota will get more space inside the cabin providing more comfort for all the passengers and more headroom as well. The dashboard will feature a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen. However, the larger 8.0-inch display will be available too. Furthermore, the Apple CarPlay will finally be available while the Android Auto connectivity won’t be offered this time.
The new RAV4 will arrive with plenty of luxurious features. Some of them include satellite radio, a panoramic moonroof, a power liftgate, heated front and rear seats, cooled front seats, and so on. A JBL audio system, five USB ports, a charging pad etc will be optional.
As for the safety, every model comes standard with automatic high-beams, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control.
Release date and price
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will go on sale in late 2018 while the hybrid will appear at the beginning of 2019. The pricing is not yet available.