New Toyota RAV4 To Reach European Dealers Early Next Year

2019 Toyota RAV4

At first glance, the only indication that the new RAV4 is indeed a Toyota is its ever-familiar oval emblem.

However, Toyota Canada is in the process of retooling its North Plant in Cambridge, Ont., in order to also build the RAV4 as it moves Corolla production there to the United States.

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 RAV4's wheelbase has grown by more than an inch, but overall length is down slightly.

The robust styling of the new RAV4 expresses the strong and capable qualities that define Toyota's approach to the latest iteration of the world's best-selling SUV, notably higher ground clearance and a wider stance. Toyota says in the news release that this allows the vehicle to send 50 percent of the torque to its rear wheels or distribute to either the left or right side.

A new-to-Toyota dynamic torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system with a rear driveline disconnect is one of three AWD systems available on the '19 RAV4. However, an XSE Hybrid model is all-new and with it comes standard two-tone exterior paint. The standard fare will be just the normal gas engine, while Toyota will also offer the same engine mated to its hybrid system. Toyota is largely tipped to be launching the Rush in the near future and considering the potential of the premium SUV space, we can expect the RAV4 to be slotted below the Fortuner in the lineup after the turn of next decade.

The latest version of Toyota's Entune infotainment system finally gets Apple CarPlay smartphone projection technology. This new AWD system will be available on the 2019 RAV4 Limited and Adventure models. This model's direct predecessor started life under the Scion iM nameplate, but after Toyota axed its youth brand, it absorbed the model into its portfolio, rechristening it Corolla iM. Higher-spec RAV4s see that screen grow to 8.0 inches, while a separate TFT display is available in the instrument cluster. Other updates include new upholstery, and revised interiors along with small add-ons like - USB ports, wireless phone chargers, and an optional 800-watt JBL sound system. Both engines feature the Dynamic Force technologies which achieves 40 percent thermal efficiency for minimum fuel consumption as well as responsive acceleration. 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. The latter will center the auto in its lane by guiding itself with the painted lines or by following the vehicle ahead. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will arrive at the end of 2018, while the hybrid models will arrive in early 2019.

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