All-new RAV4 drops diesel

Marlene Weaver
March 29, 2018

We've seen it live from the New York Auto Show and in our nifty side by side comparison, and now it's time to check out the next-generation RAV4 in action courtesy of promo footage. More than 400,000 units of RAV4 were sold in the USA last year, which is equal to 15 % improvement from 2016. It features a version of the TNGA platform that's underpinning every new Toyota nowadays.

Slightly shorter yet with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, the 2019 RAV4 benefits from a unibody chassis that is 57 percent more rigid compared to its predecessor. The Toyota RAV4 is one of the best-selling models from the Japanese carmaker in the United States and the company has gone to all measures to give the SUV a total overhaul for the 2019 model year. A new AWD system, called Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, can send up to 50 percent of torque to the rear axle and distribute it between wheels as needed, improving handling and reducing slippage. Using a pair of clutches on the center driveshaft, disconnecting the rear wheels and reducing fuel consumption when all-wheel drive isn't needed. 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.

The Corolla Hatchback will be offered with a new six-speed manual transmission (huzzah!) that features rev-matching, but the new Dynamic-Shift continuously variable transmission will doubtlessly be specified in a majority of models. The SUV comes with an aggressive face accentuated by some bold muscular lines, stylish 19-inch black alloy wheels, two-tone colour option and more.

Following the new Avalon and Corolla hatchback, the RAV4 becomes the third vehicle in Toyota's lineup to get Apple CarPlay. It's flanked by control buttons and knobs for volume and tuning, which not only makes the system easier to use, but also keeps it from looking like a misplaced iPad. XSE, Limited, and Adventure models will be offered, though we don't know if all versions will be available in Europe. Toyota expects that the new powertrain will give RAV4 class-leading fuel efficiency along with increased horsepower and acceleration.

On the tech front, Toyota has included its latest Entune 3.0 infotainment system on all models. Toyota says they will be released, along with engine performance numbers, closer to the vehicle's launch. The latter will center the auto in its lane by guiding itself with the painted lines or by following the vehicle ahead. The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 gas models will hit the dealerships during the late 2018 and the hybrid model will available in early 2019.

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