The 2019 Toyota RAV4, the small sporty SUV that is considered by some to be the leader that set the tone in the segment. At its fifth generation, the RAV4 has doubled its sales volumes and currently ranks as the #1 selling vehicle for Toyota, as well as the best-selling non-pickup vehicle in the country.
The all-new RAV4 kept adventure and refined elements by the Toyota designers. The outer presence of the small SUV has been maximized while it maintains a level of finesse inside and out. A longer wheelbase and wider tracks provide a confident driving platform. Forward visibility has been improved thanks to simple things such as moving the side mirrors and enlarging the rear-quarter glass. This movement assists with rear-diagonal visibility.
This unmatched performance was realized thanks to a group of Takumi—highly-trained master craftsmen—who strived to develop a vehicle that acts and reacts as the driver intends, even in extreme weather and road conditions. Including the Takumi in the development process was just another layer of enhancement to the overall design approach led by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) philosophy. These master craftsmen focused on working together to improve vehicle performance at various stages of the development process to deliver an ever-better RAV4.
The power source for RAV4’s driving abilities comes from one of two powertrains:
The Takumi were precise with the development of RAV4’s structure and configuration to achieve an increase in performance as a whole. The engine utilizes high-speed combustion technology and a variable control system for greater thermal efficiency output, which reduces energy losses associated with exhaust and cooling systems and the movement of mechanical parts, among other factors.
With a 40-percent thermal efficiency (41 percent for hybrids), the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine is the ideal powerplant for the all-new RAV4 to meet the demand of providing a highly responsive, yet fuel efficient driving experience. The Direct Shift-8AT transmission provides direct lock-up from gears two through eight to eliminate power loss from the torque converter, executing ideal smooth shifts.
The Toyota-first, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, is nothing short of impressive, and enables drivers to steer the vehicle as intended, even atop the toughest of roads. Standard on AWD-equipped Limited gas and Adventure grade models, Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect can send 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, plus distribute it to the left or right rear wheel for improved handling.
When AWD isn’t required (on long stretches of highway, for example), RAV4 can achieve better fuel economy thanks to the Rear Driveline Disconnect system. The disconnection features the world’s first ratchet-type dog clutches on both the front and rear wheel shafts. These clutches stop the driveshaft’s rotations, thus transmitting the driving force to the front wheels when AWD isn’t required, significantly reducing energy loss, improving fuel efficiency, and reducing rotational vibration making for a smoother ride.
This all-new AWD system is one of three available on the all-new RAV4; it joins the AWD-i system available on hybrid grades and the (non-Dynamic Torque Vectoring) AWD system available on core gas grades. When paired with the new All-Wheel Drive with Intelligence (AWD-i), RAV4 Hybrid increases the total torque to the rear wheels—which is electronically driven—by 30 percent compared to the current generation AWD-i system.
By adopting a new control system that optimally distributes torque to the rear wheels based on the driving conditions, the new AWD-im system offers high off-road performance, handling, and ability. RAV4’s unparalleled driving experience is just one of the ways the all-new RAV4 exceeds expectations for owners.
Designers applied the theme of Refined to every detail of the interior cabin, resulting in an impressive arrangement that suits a wide variety of driving experiences and preferences. The interior atmosphere represents an elevated sophistication with a premium, modern design and uncomplicated layout.
Between front passengers sits a center console having a repositioned standard Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) for easier accessibility. Ergonomics have been further enhanced by an increase in the console’s volume, side-by-side cup holders, and an open tray capable of holding small items, with optional Qi wireless charger. The in-dash tray within arm’s reach of front passengers will see its share of electronics, sunglasses, and travel must-haves. A standard smooth boot adorns the top of the shifter, and the HVAC knobs in the center panel are redesigned for improved tactility.
RAV4’s multimedia setup is complemented by an all-new available JBL audio system. The next-generation premium audio setup incorporates an enhanced system architecture, new speaker design, and an improved tuning process. The result is an all-access pass to the most intimate music concert, all from inside a RAV4.
Toyota continues to lead the pack when it comes to safety, and the all-new RAV4 provides drivers and passengers with standard safety technologies that help move Toyota one step closer to achieving the goal of zero casualties from traffic accidents. RAV4 comes standard with TSS 2.0, the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS).
The updated safety package adds new active-safety technologies and capabilities that enhance protection. Breakdowns of each technology are as follows:
The newly-redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 will arrive in winter 2018, be ready to explore the local hot spots or the outdoors…and all areas in-between. Get ready to discover the segment-leading SUV in the Toyota RAV4!