The big reveal of the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 SUV has happened. This RAV4’s advance build is the first to be constructed on a Toyota New Global Architecture platform, remaining true to its heritage as the path-finder of the recreational SUV division, making impressive advances in quality with technologies, dynamic performance and intelligent safety provisions.
Concept robust in its design
The robust design and character of the 2019 Toyota RAV4, symbolise the strengths and capabilities of Toyota’s approach to their renewal of the world’s best-selling SUV, specifically having higher ground clearance and a wider stance.
Communicating a “go anywhere” design and sense of fun and adventure that RAV4 ownership brings. Fulfilling the needs of its target customer base of families that enjoy life, either around town, venturing out for sports and leisure or simple sight-seeing in the open countryside.
The RAV4’s manoeuvrability has always been a virtue and is maintained within the new design. Its 4,600mm length is only marginally different in comparison to the current model. Reductions have been made in the front and rear overhangs, however, 30mm has been added to the wheelbase and vehicle width has increased by 10mm, to 1,855mm, translating into a more comfortable and spacious cabin all round for the occupants. Luggage space has increased and has versatility designed-in with folding rear seats, a double load floor and deck side nets.
Powertrain technologies and driving dynamics.
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 will be available with a new hybrid electric 2.5-litre powertrain, combining fuel and emissions efficiency, quiet operation and more power with greater responses. Attracting ever-larger numbers of customers, hybrid electric remains a unique selling point for RAV4 in its class. Significant improvements to the performance of the all-wheel drive systems impact driving dynamics greatly. Toyota has developed a whole new electric motor that makes efficient use of power from the car’s hybrid system, using a second electric motor to drive the rear wheels to generate high torque. Reducing energy losses, and greater fuel economy, offering excellent AWD performance in a variety of driving conditions. The TNGA platforms low centre of gravity and optimised weight distribution, strengthens the RAV4’s dynamic capabilities further, enabling a more rigid body construction and more precise, sound and accurate response to driver inputs.