2019 Toyota RAV4 will make its debut at the New York auto show 2018 on March 28, the automaker has confirmed today.
The all-new RAV4, the fifth generation of the compact crossover SUV, will sit on Toyota’s TGNA platform, which now builds the latest Prius, C-HR, and Camry. Toyota RAV4 hasn’t seen a full redesign since the 2013 model year, so the new generation vehicle will be the automaker’s most significant change.
The aggressive RAV4 meet a truck-like grille that appears more upright than before, similar to the Tacoma TRD Pro.
Toyota hasn’t released further information but has shown a teaser of the upcoming small crossover SUV. The reports say 2019 Toyota RAV4 will make its debut in this month.
It looks like the new TNGA-based RAV4 will get a more powerful naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. The current model produces 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque from its 2.5-liter I-4, but the new vehicle will make 203-206 hp and 184-186 lb-ft of torque—which is closer to the new Camry’s base engine. There will be an eight-speed transmission and improved fuel economy.
2019 RAV4 is the Toyota’s best-selling vehicle in the United States and it has sold 407,594 copies in 2017.
Toyota has joined the Apple CarPlay movement, and its 2019 Avalon will come with CarPlay in Toyota dashboards, the automaker announced back in January. So we expect the RAV4 will also benefit.
Additionally, Toyota is also expected to bring improvements to the steering feel and interior materials in order to compete with stellar competitors including the Mazda CX-5, and Honda CR-V.