New Toyota RAV4 To Reach European Dealers Early Next Year

2019 Toyota RAV4: looking more SUV than crossover

2019 Toyota RAV4: looking more SUV than crossover

Inside, Toyota is hoping you'll mistake the 2019 RAV4 for a luxury crossover instead of a mainstream bestseller. The new RAV4 boasts more room between the axles but is shorter overall.

Well, the first-generation slogged through a 16-year cycle, but as consumer demands increased, vehicle life cycles decreased in retrospect.

Toyota mentions forward visibility has also been improved by moving the side mirrors lower on the doors, while the lowered beltline helps with the side visibility. And the grandfather of the crossover segment is looking younger than ever: less cute 'ute and more brute youth.

The new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback will be on sale this summer.

Everything from the platform up is all-new with this RAV4, which is noteworthy in its dimensions. The inverted hexagonal front grille seems to be taken from Tacoma while the go-anywhere nature is complemented by bigger fog lamps and roof rails.

A new 2.5 litre petrol hybrid will be available RAV4 when it arrives in the United Kingdom in 2019, and you'll also be able to opt for Toyota's new 2.0 litre petrol too and, we're assuming, Toyota's new CVT gearbox, at least as an option. Blind-spot monitor is standard on top-trim XSE and optional on mid-grade SE models. This is available only on black, blue, and a new of-the-land greenish hue called Lunar Rock. This top-of-the-line model is outfitted with 19-inch wheels and chrome accents to further distinguish its premium-ness.

Of course, the Limited receives more than just flashy alloys and shiny bits.

Every RAV4 is equipped with Entune 3.0 multimedia including Wi-Fi Connect powered by Verizon, hands-free access to Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Higher-spec RAV4s see that screen grow to 8.0 inches, while a separate TFT display is available in the instrument cluster.

As with the United States version, the Euro-spec RAV4 will be offered with a choice of two powertrain options.

All versions have a 2.5-litre, four-cylinder engine, either gas or hybrid, that Toyota shares with the Camry; the conventional drivetrain uses an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission. When Toyota says that its model is "new" they really mean it.

The hybrid model comes with retuned suspension and this makes it the fastest and the best-handling model of the RAV4 family, as informed by Toyota. The Hybrid version gets a new electric motor drive that's more efficient with a second electric motor at the back to reduce energy losses and deliver 4WD. There are also distinct styling differences between the models, with the luxurious Limited, off-road Adventure, and Hybrid all sporting unique faces and trim.

One of its three AWD systems along with a more traditional arrangement and Toyota's AWD-i hybrid setup generates 30 %more torque for the electrically driven rear wheels. The new system offers four driver-selectable traction modes (snow, mud, sand, and rocks) that can be adjusted on the fly.

Last but not least, Toyota's safety suite (aka Toyota Safety Sense) comes as standard on the new Toyota RAV4, with the likes of pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, radar-based cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam and road sign assist.

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