Toyota RAV4 (Jeep Compass Rival) Revealed With Significant Updates

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2019 Toyota RAV4: looking more SUV than crossover

The size of the Toyota RAV4 has been toned down for the new model.

The new platform is also said to aid a more enjoyable drive by way of an improved driving position, plus with a lower centre of gravity than its predecessor to make it more fun in corners. The new RAV4 remains true to its impressive heritage as the original pioneer of the recreational SUV segment, making significant advances in powertrain technologies, dynamic performance, intelligent safety provisions and all-round quality.

Underpinning the new RAV4 is Toyota's TNGA architecture found underneath both the Prius and the newly-exposed 2019 Corolla hatchback, coupled with a multilink rear suspension setup.

As per the theory, the stretched wheelbase gives the SUV better road manners, while shorter front/rear overhangs aids in off-road drives. The new Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive system can send 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, plus distribute it to the left or right rear wheel.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 standard gasoline models will have two all-wheel drive (AWD) systems available.

The has-it-all RAV4 will be the XSE Hybrid, a new trim name in the RAV4 lineup.

The RAV4 Adventure model has a bulkier look than the regular model, with high roof-rails, wheel-arch extensions and a more aggressive grille. While again Limited, Adventure, and Hybrid models offer distinctions, the general theme is classy and contemporary.

The model's first top-to-bottom redesign in more than half a decade is coming for US showrooms with updates the carmaker is betting will cement its lead in the surging small sport utility vehicle segment Toyota pioneered. When Toyota says that its model is "new" they really mean it.

The Limited doesn't hoard all the fancy gear, though, as all 2019 RAV4 models will be equipped with Entune 3.0, which includes Verizon-powered Wi-Fi connectivity, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and Apple CarPlay integration. An optional 8-inch can be had with navigation, as can wireless charging and a JBL premium audio system. The compact will also receive the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 2.0 suite which includes front precollision warning with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and prevention, automatic high beams and, new this year, Lane Trace Assist. Both engines feature the Dynamic Force technologies which achieves 40 percent thermal efficiency for minimum fuel consumption as well as responsive acceleration. The latter will center the auto in its lane by guiding itself with the painted lines or by following the vehicle ahead.

Toyota USA is only planning the sale of the all-new RAV4 from end of this year, starting with the petrol engine.

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