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Auto Shows Seven Things To Know About the 2019 Toyota RAV4

23:25  30 march  2018
23:25  30 march  2018 Source:   automobilemag.com

2019 Toyota RAV4: A New Lease on Life for the New Sales King

  2019 Toyota RAV4: A New Lease on Life for the New Sales King 2019 Toyota RAV4: A New Lease on Life for the New Sales King What It Is: A redesigned version of the Toyota RAV4 crossover, which in 2017 not only held the honor of being Toyota’s top-selling vehicle in the United States but also beat out all other SUVs on the charts and came in as the best-selling non-truck vehicle in the entire country. Even more amazingly, the RAV4 that racked up those impressive numbers has been on the market in its current form since 2013.

The 2019 Toyota RAV 4 revealed at the 2018 New York auto show represents a radical departure for this founding father of the compact-SUV genre. Though the new RAV 4 is about the same size as the old one, it now rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture that underpins the Camry.

The 2019 Toyota RAV 4 features better visibility and improved efficiency. The TGNA platform allows for changes to make it more fun to drive. The 2019 RAV 4 is 4-5 percent lighter than today’s model, depending on trim level and configuration. Improvements in design, as well as using aluminum for the

There's a commonly-held belief in the automotive industry that you don't mess with success. If a car is doing well, you leave it alone—especially if you're a conservative company like Toyota. And yet the RAV4—a car that, by any measure you can think of, is doing very well—has been messed with in a big way. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 revealed at the 2018 New York Auto Show represents a radical departure for this founding father of the compact-SUV genre. Here are seven things you ought to know about the new compact crossover.

2019 Toyota RAV4 to Debut at New York Auto Show

  2019 Toyota RAV4 to Debut at New York Auto Show We'll see the next-gen crossover on March 28Fortunately, the fifth-generation 2019 Toyota RAV4 will debut at the New York auto show on March 28. The automaker released a teaser image leading up to the debut, but all we can see is the crossover's shadow. The grille appears more upright than before, as does the rest of the body, and the rear windshield is more raked.

The 2019 Toyota RAV 4 features better visibility and improved efficiency. The TGNA platform allows for changes to make it more fun to drive. The 2019 RAV 4 is 4-5 percent lighter than today’s model, depending on trim level and configuration. Improvements in design, as well as using aluminum for the

2019 Toyota RAV 4 : A New Lease on Life for the New Sales King What It Is: A redesigned version of the Toyota RAV 4 crossover, which in 2017 not only held the honor of being Toyota ’s top-selling vehicle in the United States Here are seven things you ought to know about the new compact

It's gone from Corolla to Camry bones.

Though the new RAV4 is about the same size as the old one, it now rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture that underpins the Camry. The size doesn't change much, but the proportions do, and that is a major contributor to the RAV4's radical new look.

Its design was heavily influenced by driving in Los Angeles.

Chief engineer Yoshikazu Saeki told Automobile he spends a lot of time driving on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, which he sees as a microcosm of American driving: Bad surface conditions, a variety of straights and curves, crowded conditions, and inattentive drivers taking off-ramps too quickly as they make last-minute dives for exits. "And it's very scary on rainy days," he adds. He engineered the RAV4's suspension to minimize weight transfer between wheels in order to keep traction steady and even, a formula he thinks works best for American roads.

2019 Toyota RAV4: 6 Things to Know

  2019 Toyota RAV4: 6 Things to Know How Toyota designed and engineered the fifth-gen crossoverOne of the most. anticipated debuts at the 2018 New York auto show was the all-new fifth-generation RAV4, the latest iteration of the vehicle that started the popular small crossover segment that continues to grow in popularity. Here are few key points you might have missed about the crossover that goes on sale in late 2018.

RAV 4 becomes the first vehicle on the new TNGA to get all-wheel drive. Not just any all-wheel drive: It becomes the first Toyota nameplate to get Dynamic Torque Vectoring with Driveshaft Disconnect.

The 2019 Toyota RAV 4 features better visibility and improved efficiency. The TGNA platform allows for changes to make it more fun to drive. The 2019 RAV 4 is 4-5 percent lighter than today’s model, depending on trim level and configuration. Improvements in design, as well as using aluminum for the

Engineering was subjective and not just by-the-numbers.

Saeki worked with Toyota's takumi (master) drivers, who provided subjective feedback—a relatively new process for the RAV4, which traditionally has been developed by the numbers. The process resulted in some conflict ("Always about the process," notes Saeki, "never the goal") but resulted in a chassis he says has a more confident and natural feel.

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It's got an engine we like.

The new RAV4 will use a version of the Camry's big 2.5-liter inline-four. Sexy it isn't, but in this day of small-displacement turbos, the 2.5 reminds us of the simple pleasures of a big naturally-aspirated four: Stout, even torque delivery and real-world fuel economy numbers that match the EPA estimates.

This traditionally on-road CUV is now off-road ready.

It's a bit ironic that the first-generation RAV4 eased us into the idea that SUVs didn't have to be all about off-road ability. The new RAV4 features a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system with a fuel-saving rear-axle disconnect, along with Toyota's Multi-Terrain Select system, which the company says will give the new RAV4 improved traction over mud, rocks and snow.

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Toyota RAV4

  Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Toyota took risks—did they pay off?Whether you like the new design, Toyota deserves credit for taking risks and going for a totally different look. We see some of the biggest design changes up front. The previous-generation RAV4 featured a rounded face, but the new model has a squared-off front end. New headlights complement the more aggressive, sharply defined grille. The look reminds us a lot of the Tacoma, especially the Adventure trim model. Toyota also positioned the foglights higher up on the front fascia. Overall, we'd say the RAV4's front end looks much more athletic than before.

The 2019 Toyota RAV 4 features better visibility and improved efficiency. The TGNA platform allows for changes to make it more fun to drive. The 2019 RAV 4 is 4-5 percent lighter than today’s model, depending on trim level and configuration. Improvements in design, as well as using aluminum for the

The 2019 Toyota RAV 4 features better visibility and improved efficiency. The TGNA platform allows for changes to make it more fun to drive. The 2019 RAV 4 is 4-5 percent lighter than today’s model, depending on trim level and configuration. Improvements in design, as well as using aluminum for the

The trapezoidal grille is gone; long live the trapezoidal grille.

It appears Toyota was finally clued in to the near-universal dislike for the trapezoidal grille. The basic hourglass shape is still present in the RAV4's front fascia, but the grille work now occupies the upper portion, so the new RAV4 doesn't look like it's trying to suck algae off the surface of the road as the Camry does.

The RAV4 can be had in three distinctive versions.

This new RAV4 seems to have a slight multiple personality disorder. For regular RAV4 buyers, there are premium models with monochromatic body trim. But then there's the RAV4 Adventure, which is designed to appeal to the more rugged and outdoorsy among us, and the XSE that offers the high-end sporty flavor that has worked well for the Camry.

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