Toyota RAV4 (Jeep Compass Rival) Revealed With Significant Updates

2019 Toyota RAV4         Manufacturer image

The new-generation Toyota RAV4 has been revealed ahead of its Australian debut in early 2019, with the revamped mid-sized SUV bringing a far more robust design to the Toyota SUV stable. This new RAV4 is built on a completely different platform, has new engines, new safety technology, and a fresh new look.

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. All-wheel drive will be limited to gasoline-only models in Limited and Adventure trim levels. In photos, the vehicle now has a taller, less wedge-like front end, while D-pillars are more steeply raked.

There will be three distinct trims: the regular version, a "Trail" version that's more focused on off-road driving (called the "Adventure" in the United States) and the Hybrid version, which will only be available in the sporty XSE trim. You will also find a Qi wireless charging pad, up to five USB ports, a new 11-speaker, and 800-watt JBL premium audio system.

The Toyota RAV4 is a bit of an old-school Toyota, focussing on keeping a rather older demographic of buyer happy with a combination of great build quality and comfort, but not exactly created to excite.

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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. 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 divvy up power between the left- and right-side tires to improve cornering. The compact will also receive the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 2.0 suite which includes front precollision warning with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and prevention, automatic high beams and, new this year, Lane Trace Assist.

Without mentioning numbers, Toyota says the new RAV4 offers better rear-seat width and legroom, both of which were excellent before.

Introduced with the fourth-generation model, Toyota again will offer a hybrid variant of the RAV4.

Non-hybrid grades of the new RAV4 are due in late 2018 in the US, while hybrids will go on sale in early 2019. The interior has its share of updates as well with less buttons and a big touchscreen infotainment system of either 7- or 8-inch size with EnTune 3.0 supporting Apple CarPlay. The new hybrid features a sport-tuned suspension along with improved shock absorbers and springs.

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