Toyota's Aging RAV4 Getting Major Makeover to Defend Sales Crown

Toyota had the RAV4 as its most sold model in America a year ago, overtaking Camry and Corolla as 4,00,000 units were retailed in 2017. In other words, Toyota is offering people a completely new model while its current RAV4 is already doing way better than best.

Toyota Motor Corp.'s RAV4 outsold every other vehicle and SUV in the US last year, without having undergone a major overhaul since 2013. The RAV4 comes new sharper-looked with new LED headlamps and taillamps, with a roof-mounted spoiler, front and rear skid plates, and a dual exhaust system. In many ways, the new front end looks similar to the top-selling Tacoma pickup. The wheelbase has increased a bit, and so has width, but overall the new RAV4 is ever so slightly shorter in length than the old model. Unlike with the Auris that was revealed at the Geneva motor show, we've also had a look at the interior of the new vehicle, which shows off an angular theme to the dashboard that was introduced with the smaller C-HR SUV. (5 mm), as Toyota resists the size creep that has afflicted so many C-size crossovers.

Powering the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine which is offered with both the standard and hybrid version. The screen can be either 7 or 8 inches and features EnTune 3.0, which supports Apple CarPlay. 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.

The all-new RAV4, which will debut at the New York International Auto Show, is wider and lower than the previous version, with improved ground clearance and aerodynamics.

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Its output ratings haven't been announced yet, but the engine is dubbed Dynamic-Force, and Toyota mentions a sportier suspension setup, so we're expecting a certain level of driving dynamics.

The petrol will use an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid version will use a continuously variable transmission (CVT) auto. The latter features the ability to send up to 50 percent of the engine's power to the SUV's rear wheels, and it can also divvy up power between the left- and right-side tires to improve cornering. The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 gas models will hit the dealerships during the late 2018 and the hybrid model will available in early 2019.

Last but not least, Toyota's safety suite (aka Toyota Safety Sense) comes as standard on the new Toyota RAV4, with the likes of pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, radar-based cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam and road sign assist.

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