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Toyota RAV4 Offers Less Cute, More Ute

Oscar Goodwin | 29 March, 2018, 02:30

Toyota will reveal the all-new, fifth generation RAV4 SUV at the New York International Auto Show on 28 March, the first RAV4 to be built on a Toyota New Global Architecture platform.

The new RAV4 is only slightly longer than the current model, and slightly wider, but Toyota has given the new model short overhangs and managed to slip an extra 30mm in the wheelbase, which should add a bit more spce for passengers and stuff, as well as a raised ride height for a more SUV look. The Adventure has high-mounted roof rails for outdoor adventures. All conventional RAV4s for Canada are built in Woodstock, Ont., and for the first time, the hybrid will also be built in Canada. The front end packs angular LED headlights, squared-off octagon wheel arches, and new grilles and at back there's LED taillamps, dual exhaust, and a spoiler.

As many as five USB ports are available inside the CUV, and there is an optional 11-speaker, 800-watt JBL audio system.

The bulk of RAV4 models will be powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

One of its three AWD systems along with a more traditional arrangement and Toyota's AWD-i hybrid setup generates 30 %more torque for the electrically driven rear wheels.

Engine choices for the RAV4 are two 2.5-litre engines - a regular petrol and a petrol-hybrid.

The TNGA platform, with its low centre of gravity and optimised weight distribution, further strengthens the RAV4's dynamic capabilities, enabling a more rigid body construction and more precise, stable and accurate responses to driver inputs. 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. Hybrid models will also use a 2.5L engine but will shift power via a continually variable transmission. It looks less well-integrated than some competitors but offers a high degree of features including standard Apple CarPlay. The new hybrid features a sport-tuned suspension along with improved shock absorbers and springs.

The 2019 RAV4 won't go on sale until late this year, probably December, while its hybrid version will be available next February or March.

The standard Safety Sense system - which includes automatic emergency brakes and adaptive cruise control that works between 0 and 110 miles per hour - is getting a lane tracing system that allows for hands-on self-steering between the lane markers, and can follow the auto in front of it for the short moments that it loses sight of them, as long as you keep a hand touching the wheel to let it know you're paying attention.

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