The All-New 2019 Toyota RAV4 Will Be Biggest Debut at the New York Auto Show

March 29th, 2018 by

The All-New 2019 Toyota RAV4 is said to be the auto industry’s most important new vehicle to debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show. With over 400,000 RAV4 SUVs sold in North America last year, the RAV4 is one of the top-selling cars in the country and the entire Toyota lineup.

The New 2019 Toyota RAV4 will be bigger than the current RAV4, featuring a 1.2-inch wheelbase and is half an inch wider. It is powered by a new 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder paired to an eight-speed auto, or hybrid version of the same engine with a CVT (JALOPNIK).

The 2019 RAV4 will feature class-leading fuel efficiency and increases in horsepower and acceleration (Road Show). All-Wheel Drive models will not only be able to send up to 50 percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels, but also send it to the individual wheel that has the best traction. The system can also disconnect the rear axle and default to Front-Wheel Drive, ultimately boosting fuel efficiency (Road Show).

The RAV4 Adventure will feature a more aggressive grille and fog lamps, standard All-Wheel Drive with torque vectoring and terrain select mode, and include overfenders & roof-rails. The Multi-Terrain Select controller is currently only found on the Tacoma and 4Runner (Road Show). The RAV4 Hybrid will receive a new XSE trim with a sportier vibe; featuring two-tone paint and firmer shocks & springs (Road Show). The XSE will also feature blacked-out wheels and fender overriders.

While the exterior of the 2019 RAV4 is tougher and sportier, the cabin of the RAV4 features a more contemporary aesthetic look. The new Entune 3.0 Multimedia System will have Verizon-powered Wi-Fi, along with Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay integration (Road Show).  The infotainment system will include a 7-inch touchscreen, with an additional inch-larger display featuring Entune 3.0 Audio Plus for higher trim levels. This will incorporate Sirius XM and a navigation system, and an 800-watt JBL sound system will be an option (Road Show).

The All-New 2019 Toyota RAV4 will feature a full slate of active safety features under Toyota Safety Sense, including forward collision warning with auto-brake and pedestrian detection, full-speed intelligent cruise control & lane-departure warning with lane-keep assist (Road Show).

The 2019 Toyota RAV4s are expected to hit dealers in late 2018, but hybrid models won’t be available until early 2019 (Fox News).

 

References

Fox News. New York Auto Show: 2019 Toyota RAV4 is A Tough-Looking Trucklet. March 2018.

Google Images. 2019 Toyota RAV4. March 2018.

JALOPNIK. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Gets Tough. March 2018.

Road Show by CNET. 2019 Toyota RAV4 is the NY Auto Show’s Biggest Debut. March 2018.