Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

All-new Toyota RAV4 unveiled

| 29 March, 2018, 02:30

Toyota has unveiled its all-new 2019 RAV4 compact crossover at the 2018 New York International 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 company wants to leverage on the popularity of the RAV4 instead of playing safe cards for a few more years and a new version of the crossover has come to life finally. 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. The design itself boasts a front end with the same projecting grille and beefy faux side vents as the 4Runner, while the entire design is more chiseled than the softer and curvier Highlander. 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.

As many as five USB ports are available inside the CUV, and there is an optional 11-speaker, 800-watt JBL audio system. The Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD also works together with the Multi Terrain-Select feature for true off-road capabilities.


Toyota has teased the first images and a few details of the latest model to join its lineup, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback, which will replace the Corolla iM. As far as engine go, that means the use of only two units on the 2019 model, based on the 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder: the first is paired with an 8-speed Direct-Shift Automatic Transmission, while the second comes paired with the Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II). It can send 50% of engine torque to rear wheels as well as apportion it between left and right rear wheels to improve handling, the automaker says.

"The combination of Toyota's latest hybrid system and a new Dynamic Force petrol engine will deliver impressive power output and exceptional energy efficiency", Mr Hanley said. For the 2.0-litre petrol model, the new mechanical AWD system has also been improved, featuring a twin coupling and rear disconnect on the automatic transmission versions. Both WiFi and Apple CarPlay are also standard. It features piano black accents on the outside, LED headlights and sport-tuned suspension.

Non-hybrid grades of the new RAV4 are due in late 2018 in the USA, while hybrids will go on sale in early 2019. Some standard safety includes a total of eight airbags, pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, and the new lane tracing assist.

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