Toyota has unveiled its all-new Gen V 2019 RAV4 compact crossover at the ongoing 2018 New York International Auto Show. At first glance to a trained observer, it seems that Toyota is consciously moving up its RAV4 SUV in the line-up, probably with the view to slot in a smaller CUV at a later date.

The incoming RAV4 features mature styling inspired by its bigger siblings. As a result, the car is much more aggressively styled than the outgoing model with dominant lines and sharp creases. A new Adventure trim grade ups the ante even further with fender flares, a unique grille and fog light surrounds.

The 2019 model is built on Toyota’s TNGA platform and dimensionally there are some changes where wheelbase has grown by more than an inch, but overall length has marginally decreased. The car is also wider and lower than its predecessor.

Depending on markets, most RAV4 models will be powered by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Hybrid models will also use a 2.5-litre engine and will shift power via a continually variable transmission.

Three different all-wheel drive systems will be on offer — a standard system for petrol models, an AWD-i system for Hybrids and a new Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect system available on Limited and Adventure trims. The latter features the ability to send up to 50 percent of the engine’s power to the SUV’s rear wheels, and it can also divide power between the left- and right-side wheels to improve cornering. All petrol AWD models get Multi-Terrain Select system.

On the tech front, Toyota offers as standard with Toyota’s TSS 2.0, which has advanced features like pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steer assist, automatic high beams, lane tracing assist and road sign assist.


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