New Toyota RAV4 To Reach European Dealers Early Next Year

Delia Walker
March 29, 2018

The new 2019 Toyota RAV4 has been revealed in NY, built on the TNGA Platform and with a more purposeful look and new engines.

Toyota's new RAV4 will bring much tougher styling and petrol/hybrid powertrains as the brand pushes ahead with plans to axe diesels from its European line-up.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the RAV4 Adventure gets tougher looks that include a unique front fascia, an available contrasting color roof panel, matte black exterior accents, 19-inch alloy wheels, and orange interior cues. There should be a video in there for you as Toyota is being quite generous by showing not only the regular model, but also the thrifty XSE Hybrid, the rugged Adventure grade, and the fancy Limited trim. It's a far more mature product with a handsome new look and impressive list of content. The good news continues as the engineers also fiddled with the multi-link rear suspension to boost damping and handling, while diminishing the noise that enters the cabin.

At first glance, the only indication that the new RAV4 is indeed a Toyota is its ever-familiar oval emblem.

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. Its new torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system can divert 50% of engine's power to the rear wheels. Also, the same powertrain is used for the second generation hybrid system as well as for the continuously variable transmission. RAV4's all-wheel drive system has also added a rear-driveline disconnect option, which generally improves fuel economy. The new RAV4 also boasts a convenient shelf between the upper and lower dash, ideal for small items.

At the show, Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, said the carmaker's registrations have become increasingly weighted towards hybrids since 2015, when sales were split evenly between hybrids and diesels.

Without mentioning numbers, Toyota says the new RAV4 offers better rear-seat width and legroom, both of which were excellent before. We've been underwhelmed with Toyota's Entune-based touchscreen systems before, but this new v3.0 setup promises to be better, if only because Toyota has at last succumbed to consumer demands for Apple CarPlay compatibility (at least on this model). While the Toyota RAV4 has come nowhere near the Indian market so far, in the U.S., the company sold over 400,000 units of the SUV a year ago with a growth of 15 per cent. The TSS safety suite comprise of various front sensors, cameras and radar to offer features like Pre-Collision System, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert and lane tracing assist.

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