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Toyota Rav4 embraces its truck side

Allan Lindsey | 29 March, 2018, 02:26

The new 2019 Toyota RAV4 has been revealed in NY, built on the TNGA Platform and with a more purposeful look and new engines.

The fifth-generation RAV4 comes with a fresh look and you will find a new Toyota Next-Generation Architecture platform (TNGA) which is some 57 percent stiffer than before. In fact, the new model has much more in common with Europe's latest Toyota Auris, which was just revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. All conventional RAV4s for Canada are built in Woodstock, Ont., and for the first time, the hybrid will also be built in Canada. In many ways, the new front end looks similar to the top-selling Tacoma pickup.

There will be three distinct trims: the regular version, a "Trail" version that's more focused on off-road driving (called the "Adventure" in the United States) and the Hybrid version, which will only be available in the sporty XSE trim. In order to successfully ward off those models, the Corolla GT will also need a full complement of advanced driver assist safety systems, and fortunately, it appears to have them. Power and fuel consumption ratings are not yet available, and nor is the price of the new models.

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The hybrid version of the RAV4 will have a 2.5-litre petrol engine mated to the usual Toyota electric setup - only this time the auto features a second electric motor powering the rear wheels, allowing the hybrid version to offer four-wheel drive for the first time.

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.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 also comes with an updated cabin with the centre stage on the dashboard taken by a new 7-inch/8-inch floating infotainment system that is equipped with Toyota's Entune 3.0 audio system, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa and navigation. The RAV4 Hybrid uses a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and Toyota Hybrid System II on the four Hybrid models. All models feature an all-wheel drive system that's been created to reduce fuel consumption. 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. It'll go on sale late this year, with hybrid versions - including a new sport hybrid option - rolling out in early 2019. Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 - which adds pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings with steering assist, lane tracing, road sign assist, and automatic high beams is now standard like other Toyota models.

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