Toyota unveils a new, more capable 2019 RAV4 at NY show

Toyota unveils a new, more capable 2019 RAV4 at NY show

The size of the Toyota RAV4 has been toned down for the new model. Given this car's competitive set and where today's 2018 Corolla iM sits, we'd bet on spending a bit over $20,000 for starters. Despite that, the SUV is actually more aerodynamic than the model it replaces.

Sharper body contours, angular headlights and a much more prominent grille feature. The wheelbase of 2019 RAV4 is 1.2-inch longer than the outgoing model. It can be identified by its contrast-color roof and Softex faux leather interior with blue accents. It has your typical tablet-style touchscreen infotainment system, but with loads of redundant buttons. Toyota has not yet released performance numbers for the new RAV4's engine, but says that power output is improved over the previous generation. Front and backseat room has been improved, both in width between passengers and legroom.

Maturity is the theme here and it continues with the powertrains options on the new RAV4. As for the features list, various trims offer panoramic sunroof, powered, heated and ventilated seats, 11-speaker 800W JBL audio, rear view mirror with rear camera display.

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Now an all-new 2019 Rav4 is on the way that embraces this trend with a bold and blocky style similar to the Toyota Tacoma pickup's that makes it look even more like a truck, while retaining numerous car-like qualities that buyers find appealing.

In conventional RAV4s the engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, while hybrids use a CVT.

A hybrid is also part of the plan, again with promised better efficiency and power, but without specifications. The petrol model gets a new mechanical AWD system. The SUV gets three different all-wheel drive systems - one traditional arrangement, one clever AWD with torque-vectoring, and the manufacturer's AWD-i hybrid setup, which now offers 30 percent more torque for the electrically driven rear axle.

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Featuring a rear driveline disconnect, the new torque-vectoring AWD system can send 50 percent of the engine torque to the rear wheels as well as distribute it to the left or right to improve handling. It's also built on the new TNGA platform, and comes standard with Entune 3.0 and Apple Car Play. These include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, lane departure alert and intervention, and automatic high beams. 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.

Toyota was a long-time CarPlay holdout, but this past January the company announced the 2019 Toyota Avalon as the first vehicle to support the platform with more announcements to come.

We're awaiting more information like Australian pricing and specs for the new-generation model, so stay tuned for additional info as it comes to hand. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers.

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