The new model will make its official debut later this week at the NY and Vancouver International Auto Shows.
As for some of the engine options, the RAV4 can come equipped with Toyota's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed auto transmission, or 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine and four different hybrid modes.
Toyota bucked the trend and revealed the new generation RAV4 based on the FT-AC concept instead of applying the design principles to a brand new model. The new RAV4 features tougher looks and a significant upgrade on the tech front. 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 front end packs angular LED headlights, squared-off octagon wheel arches, and new grilles and at back there's LED taillamps, dual exhaust, and a spoiler. This brings up two thoughts: 1) that CUVs have been around much longer than the current sales craze indicates, and 2) how are there only four generations of RAV4 in 24 years? Both WiFi and Apple CarPlay are also standard. It's been replaced by the Corolla Hatchback, a nameplate that loses the iM designation from Toyota's bygone Scion division for something that shoppers will actually understand now.
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. It seems like Toyota is trying to maintain the top position of the RAV4 with a redesign.
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The Corolla Hatchback will be offered with a new six-speed manual transmission (huzzah!) that features rev-matching, but the new Dynamic-Shift continuously variable transmission will doubtlessly be specified in a majority of models. This new AWD system will be available on the 2019 RAV4 Limited and Adventure models.
This new-generation RAV4 adds more engine power, while getting better fuel economy and more off-road capability. The new Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive system can send 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, plus distribute it to the left or right rear wheel. For the higher trim nonhybrid models, Toyota has introduced Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect. 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. Without mentioning numbers, Toyota says the new RAV4 offers better rear-seat width and legroom, both of which were excellent before.
The 2019 RAV4 won't go on sale until late this year, probably December, while its hybrid version will be available next February or March.