Monday, 10 December, 2018

Toyota's popular RAV4 to get its first overhaul since 2013

2019 Toyota RAV4         Manufacturer image 2019 Toyota RAV4 Manufacturer image
Olivia Ford | 29 March, 2018, 02:27

Toyota has unveiled the fifth-generation 2019 Toyota RAV4 at the New York Auto Show.

Like the Corolla hatchback also on display at the NY show, the RAV4 gets the second version of Toyota's Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assist technologies that includes new lane-tracing and road-sign recognition systems in addition to more standard fare such as lane-departure alert and pre-collision warning.

The robust styling of the new RAV4 expresses the strong and capable qualities that define Toyota's approach to the latest iteration of the world's best-selling SUV, notably higher ground clearance and a wider stance. There are also distinct styling differences between the models, with the luxurious Limited, off-road Adventure, and Hybrid all sporting unique faces and trim. The wheelbase has increased a bit, and so has width, but overall the new RAV4 is ever so slightly shorter in length than the old model.

The auto maker also showed a sporty new four-door hatchback version of the Corolla that it hopes will attract younger millennial buyers.

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 has revealed little about what lies under the hood of the Corolla Hatchback, although we do know the engine will be of a 2.0L 4-cylinder variety.

Toyota named Zack Hicks to head its new Digital Transformation and Mobility unit, which will oversee shared mobility, connectivity services, over-the-air upgrades and future business opportunities.

In addition to its new platform, the Corolla Hatchback also receives a new naturally aspirated "Dynamic-Force" four-cylinder engine.

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 Toyota RAV4 is the brand's best-selling model in the US these days, meaning the importance of this fourth-generation version can not be overstated.

Look, Ma! Toyota's Entune will finally play nice with Apple CarPlay! It comes with piano-black exterior accents on the fender arches and mirror caps, lower rockers and the front end, as well as a 2-tone paint scheme with a standard black roof.

Standard on all vehicles, the technology package includes: pre-collision with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beam as well as new-for-2019 lane tracing assist (enabled only with ACC) and road sign assist (identifies and alerts to upcoming signage). It can send up to 50 percent of the available torque to the rear axle and even distribute it to the left and right rear wheel to improve handling.

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