2019 Toyota RAV4 Casts A Teaser Shadow Over New York Auto Show

With the Geneva Motor Show now in our rear-view mirrors, our focus shifts to the upcoming New York Auto Show. That’s where Toyota will reveal its all-new RAV4, previewed in this initial teaser image.

The Japanese automaker has given us precisely squat to go on, aside from this image – except to say that it’s coming to the Manhattan expo.

Now entering its fifth iteration, the RAV4 remains far and away Toyota’s top seller. Last month, it sold nearly 30,000 of them in the United States alone – well ahead of the 25,000 Corollas it moved over the same period (including both the sedan and the formerly Scion IM hatchback) and far outpacing the ~16,000 each of the Highlander and Tacoma in Toyota’s truck-sales rankings.

In short, the new RAV4 will be a vital product for Toyota. So you can expect the manufacturer to throw all the weight of its considerable resources behind it.

We’re expecting the new crossover to adopt far more muscular styling, inspired by the FT-AC concept. It’s anticipated to share its underpinnings with the C-HR and the new Lexus UX (to say nothing of the Prius, Camry, and others), and incorporate all the latest safety and infotainment technologies Toyota has at its disposal.

Look for motivation to come mostly in four-cylinder form. Like the current model, there’ll likely be a hybrid option – if not two, as Toyota recently introduced on the new Auris. But the purely electric RAV4 EV went the way of the dodo with the last generation, and we wouldn’t expect it to return without an internal combustion engine to back it up.

We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out more, but not much longer. The new RAV4’s debut is scheduled for 9:10 a.m. EST on Wednesday, March 28.

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Rendering by Carscoops.com / Josh Byrnes


    i can see the soft touch leather dash

    • Miknik

      I think that is the Avalon dash, and is more symbolic to what we can expect; The only teaser seems to be the silhouette

      • Bash

        Exactly!, this interior belongs to the Avalon, they cant tease the interior of the Rav4 yet, still too early for that.

        • JohnCarscoop

          Correct – that was just supposed to show the infotainment system, but I can see the confusion, so we removed it

  • Christian

    ZzzZzZzZZ……Noooooo Not march 28! I promised my boy/girlfriend too clean my bedroom…. Such a shame (Still live with my parents)

    • Bash

      Wake up buddy, its almost 6am here… at least where I am now. not sure where you live tho.

      • Christian


  • salamOOn

    both overhangs looks pretty huge…

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      I seriously thought they accidentally used a picture of the new Jeep Cherokee.

  • Incog Nito

    Well done Toyota. If they combine this design with a 2.0 turbo engine around 240 hp, that would really work.

    • Incog Nito

      I am pretty sure that interior will be a disaster though

    • Rocket

      You really think they’ll tread into NX territory by offering the 2.0T? I do not. Like Honda, they’ll offer just enough to be competitive.

  • no25

    if it’s anything like the CS render, it’ll definitely be a hit. pretty excited to see the RAV4 become aggressive again and potentially go back to its original roots!

  • Endera A

    i guess it will have a similiar front like the new auris

  • Brabusbus

    Looks like a Mazda CX5 from the side.

  • Rocket

    You can’t see much, but it’s clear the infamous Toyota schnoz is alive and well.

  • Harry_Wild

    Since it has n the same platform as the V6 Camry, V6 Rav-4 too! Cost Toyota nothings no to do an V6?engine of the Camry! I buy the new RAV-4 if i looks close to the illustration and has a V6 option!

  • Miknik

    If you call “clarification ” “whining”, feel free to do so….