The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 has been revealed with a tougher looking exterior inspired by the FT-AC Concept.
The 2019 RAV4 will be built on the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, joining the C-HR that was launched early last year.
A new foundation results in a better driving position and improved dynamics due to its lower centre of gravity and greater torsional rigidity. It also provides a longer wheelbase and wider front and rear tracks with shorter overhangs to make the RAV4 more capable on difficult terrain.
Chassis rigidity is said to have seen a 57 per cent improvement meaning the RAV4 should deliver a crisp ride and handling set-up.
Dimensionally, the new RAV4 is now 4600mm long (-5mm), 1855mm wide (+10mm), 1700mm high (-10mm) with a 2690mm wheelbase (+30mm).
Three drivetrains have been announced: a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an eight-speed automatic and a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid coupled with a CVT. Outputs are still to be announced.
A new 2.0-litre petrol engine will also be available, most likely in the entry-level model with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.
There will also be a range of new all-wheel drive technologies that are model specific, all of which can send 50 per cent of engine torque to the rear wheels and distribute it to the left or right rear wheel for improved handling.
The exterior features a beefed-up American style grille, fog light surrounds, large over-fenders and a unique wheel design.
Toyota says designers focused on the keywords "adventure" and "refined" to deliver a tougher look with a lower and wider exterior profile.
On the inside, the layout and look have gone upmarket. The centre console has grown allowing for side-by-side cup holders and the infotainment screen now sits at the top of the dash, as it does in the C-HR.
This new model takes the popular RAV4 into its fifth-generation and is set for an Australian launch in 2019.
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