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2019 Toyota RAV4

Toyota Canada spokeswoman Melanie Testani said the automaker has not yet been confirmed which Ontario plant will eventually build the hybrid RAV4.

Toyota is also equipping the all-new RAV4 with the next generation Toyota Safety Sense (TSS).

Now an all-new 2019 Rav4 is on the way that embraces this trend with a bold and blocky style similar to the Toyota Tacoma pickup's that makes it look even more like a truck, while retaining numerous car-like qualities that buyers find appealing. The Corolla Hatchback is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, and combined with svelte J-shaped LED headlamps and restyled wheels, this new generation has a more aggressive and sophisticated aura.

RAV4 Look The new RAV4 will come in various themes.


As per the theory, the stretched wheelbase gives the SUV better road manners, while shorter front/rear overhangs aids in off-road drives. The SUV gets three different all-wheel drive systems - one traditional arrangement, one clever AWD with torque-vectoring, and the manufacturer's AWD-i hybrid setup, which now offers 30 percent more torque for the electrically driven rear axle. "The disconnection features the world's first ratchet-type dog clutches on both the front and rear wheel shafts". The "rear driveline disconnect" part of the name refers to the system's capability of effectively turning the RAV4 into a front-wheel-drive vehicle to save fuel whenever there's no need for AWD. Hybrid models will also use a 2.5L engine but will shift power via a continually variable transmission.

Some of the physical changes to the RAV4 appear to be it embracing more of its 4Runner heritage in both the front-end design and some of the styling lines. At the moment, all hybrid models are built in Japan. Toyota hasn't said just how much power it will offer, but a representative for the automaker told The Car Connection to expect a 15-percent increase over the current model's 176 horsepower. The screen can be either 7 or 8 inches and features EnTune 3.0, which supports Apple CarPlay. A RAV4 Hybrid XSE trim level promises better handling thanks to its firmer suspension and sport-tuned steering. Toyota says they will be released, along with engine performance numbers, closer to the vehicle's launch. 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.

As with the USA version, the Euro-spec RAV4 will be offered with a choice of two powertrain options. But there will not be a diesel version of this RAV4 in Europe or anywhere else for that matter as Toyota has committed to phasing out diesel from its range completely by the end of this year.

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