2019 Toyota RAV4: Everything We Know From Specs, News To Renders And Teasers (Updated)

The RAV4 is a big money maker for Toyota, especially in the U.S. With sales exceeding that of popular models like the Corolla, Highlander and Tacoma, it’s easy to see why the Japanese automaker can’t afford to get it wrong with its top-seller in the States.

To further stress the importance of the American market, Toyota decided to reveal the RAV4’s fifth generation not in Geneva, but in the New York Auto Show that’s coming up in a few days.

As is often the case with such vehicles, lots of info has already been leaked, and the company itself released a single teaser image which, however, shows just a dark shape and nothing more. So we gathered all we know about it to let you know what to expect from the new RAV4.

The Looks Go From Inoffensive To Aggressive

All previous generations were designed to please most of the customers without offending anyone, so they were hard to fault, but they were far from exciting. That is about to change with the 2019 model, which will be much more aggressive, adopting some styling cues from the FT-AC (Future Toyota Adventure Concept) study.

Toyota FT-AC Concept

Of course, it toned down the concept‘s most extreme features like the fender flares, lower side cladding and roof fixtures. At the front, differences include a two-bar grille, softened fog light housings and lower intake design.

Checking out the rear sees the same taillights, however the bezels are brighter and lower bumper cladding is smoother. The overall look has an FJ cruiser or Tacoma-like feel, and if our resident artist’s rendering is correct (which we believe it is), then the 2019 RAV4 should look like this. Quite an improvement on what has gone before, isn’t it?

All-new platform to offer improved driving dynamics

The automaker’s versatile TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture), which is already used in wildly different models, from the Prius hatch and C-HR subcompat crossover to the Camry midsize family saloon and the brand-new Auris C-segment hatch will underpin the all-new RAV4, too. It should offer improvements in both ride and handling without any compromises, and the new RAV4 will be much more fun to drive compared to its predecessor.

Toyota TNGA Platform

Toyota’s Safety Sense system that incorporates autonomous emergency breaking with pre-collision warning and pedestrian detection will be standard, and it will be combined with lane-keep warning + assist, auto high-beams, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert, thus forming a top-notch safety suite.

2019 Toyota Avalon Entune 3.0

In the interior, we expect more premium materials and the latest tech, such as a heads-up display and the Entune 3.0 infotainment system incorporating 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi, JBL audio and Apple Car Play, which should be similar to the one we’ve already seen on the 2019 Avalon (pictured above).

What powertrains will the North American model get?

In North America, the base offering will be a 2.5-litre “Dynamic Force” inline-four with variable valve timing, multi-hole direct injection and variable cooling. Moreover, it should be more powerful, with output rising from the current model’s 176 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque to 206 hp and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm), which is what this unit produces in the new Camry.

Similarly, the hybrid version is expected to share its powertrain with the current Camry hybrid which combines a 2.5L four with an electric motor turning out a total system output of 208hp.

Official Toyota RAV4 teaser

Two hybrid powertrains, but no diesel for Europe

In the aftermath of Dieselgate, sales of diesel-powered vehicles have plummeted even in markets where they have traditionally been strong, such as Europe. Thus Toyota, which already planned to phase out diesels from its models by the end of the year, won’t offer the 2019 RAV4 with an oil burner.

In fact, in Europe, the SUV will follow the Auris’ example that has ditched diesels but offers not one, but two hybrid engines. The first is the 120hp (122PS) 1.8-liter powering the Prius, and the second a new 2.0-liter unit with 178hp (180PS).

Gasoline engines aren’t dead yet, though, so the new RAV4 will come with at least one such powertrain. In Europe, it will probably offer a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine.

Any developments with the transmissions?

Yes, as the internal combustion engine will be mated to a new 8-speed automatic that replaces the current generation model’s six-speeder. It will be available with optional all-wheel-drive, while the hybrids will come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT)

2019 Toyota RAV4 official teaser

Which SUVs are its rivals?

The compact SUV segment is a highly contested one, so the RAV4 will have to face other top-selling models like Honda’s C-RV, Ford Escape, Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet Equinox, Jeep Compass, Subaru Forester, Nissan Rogue/X-Trail and Kia Sportage/Hyundai Tucson.

Initially, we expected the RAV4 to be launched later this year, at the LA Auto Show in the fall, or in early 2019 at the Detroit Auto Show. However, as we’ve already mentioned, it will make its debut much sooner, more specifically on March 28 at the New York event.

So, it’s all-change for the RAV4, which had received its latest update in 2013. The one thing Toyota hopes won’t change is its best-selling status. So, what say you: are the Japanese onto something or not? Let us know in the Comments section right below.

Update – Check out the official photos and details on the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV here


Photo Rendering Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes


  • Todd Colomy

    Kind of Jeep Trailhawk looking to me.

    • thunder bolt

      When it first came out, the 2 doors version were tested against the Jeep Wrangler by Car and Driver magazine, and the winning result went to the Rav4. so I think Toyota still have that mindset is to compete with Jeep.

  • Toronado_II

    It would be a huge improvement.

  • rodriguez256

    I actually like this design, which is rare for me to say about Toyota. Of course this is a render and not actually from Toyota, so there’s that.

    • C172fccc

      Well, their render is pretty much a production version of the Toyota FT-AC Concept.

      • rodriguez256

        Oh, interesting then. I wasn’t aware of that concept. Hopefully Toyota carries over this look into production then.

      • nellydesign

        I can see that now. The amount of restraint put into this rendering by the creator is admirable. It looks better than the concept by virtue of simplifying just about every tacked on piece of “toughness” cladding. I have a feeling the production RAV4 will not show any of that restraint and will be let down by its production proportions. None of the spy shots have given me any reason to second guess this notion.

      • Perry F. Bruns

        Good catch. You’re absolutely right. It looks like the only major differences are the paint colors and a few odd trim bits here and there.

  • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

    Looks fantastic!!!!!

    But to be honest, I’m actually expecting Toyota to reveal it at this year’s New York Auto Show……

    ….hopefully my expectation becomes valid.

    I’d also be surprised if my dad may actually trade in his ’13 RAV4 for this beauty…..

    • john1168

      This is a rendering from a private artist and not from Toyota. We have to wait until Toyota releases the finished product to the public to tell if it looks good or not. But yes, this rendering does look good…

  • eb110americana

    If it winds up actually looking like this, it will be a resounding success. Hopefully Toyota proves itself as capable as the speculative render artist.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Well I hope it looks like the rendering, and I also hope they improve the interior. The current RAV4 interior is really cheap looking.

  • BGM

    The RAV4 is not exactly meant for Navy SEALs. Given its intended audience this looks horrible. In fact, it looks horrible no matter what.

    • Harry_Wild

      Nice try, troll! LOL!

    • 31/12/2999

      This is the best design of a non luxury compact SUV, are you ok?

  • Dennis Scipio

    It’s not bad looking at all.

  • Belthronding

    I absolutely like this render.pls toyota,make it some wilder rav4.

  • Lyonel Baratheon

    Renovation every year!
    I think, it’s not so good for customers. Will be looser after several months.

    • no25


  • Nordschleife

    Both my mom and sister have the current generation most refreshed model and they love it however if the new one looks like this I’d finally love it. Way to put some testerone in the design Toyota providing the actual model looks like this.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks pretty cool, but I think the kind of consumer who buys small SUV’s would prefer something more like the current CR-V, Rav4, and Nissan Rogue. This looks too truckish and not cute enough; a lot of women buy small suv’s. Having said that, it looks pretty nice for a small suv.


  • Harry_Wild

    This cannot be real! I mean they took the LandCruiser front end and just copied it on to the next generation Rav4! Gorgeous looking all around! What is happening here? Toyota finally made a car look great! It like a model from Range Rover! I cannot believe until it is release. Toyota and Lexus of late has always design ugly looking cars. I just will not believe this is the look until it is release in to public. Just shocked; it so gorgeous looking! If this is the look; I will buy it without even looking at the insides! LOL!

    • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

      “Toyota finally made a car that actually looks great!”

      In my opinion, Toyota REALLY stepped up with their designs starting off with the new Camry. Hell the new Avalon also looks nice to me too.

      But no word of a lie, this new RAV4 looks absolutely stunning to say the least. Wouldn’t be surprised if my dad decides to trade in his 2013 RAV4 for this beauty sometime eventually… 🙂

  • Steve C

    Don’t worry Toyota will make the new RAV4 look like an overgrown Prius and everyone will hate the way it looks. Oh, and the wife and I both drive Camrys. My car is overdue for replacing and I would love a decent looking RAV4 but I am not holding my breath.

    Take the CH-R. I was at the Seattle Auto Show and people seeing it for the first time were busting out laughing and pointing at it. What an ugly mess that vehicle is, rear door handles kids cannot reach because they are up so high.It was an ugly two tone cyan body with a white roof.

    • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

      Oh please. Take a look at the spy photos and tell me what you see. Design-wise, it’s basically a toned down Toyota FT-AC (which is a concept car mind you) and its evident side-by-side even with the camouflage.

      …and on this case, it’s done in a splendid way. Even then, it still looks like a masterpiece in comparison to the wildly-overstyled Prius, and the cute (if quirky to some) C-HR.

      • Steve C

        Sorry, to me the Toyota FT-AC is an incredibly ugly vehicle and the 2018 Camry SE front end and interior is hideous.

        • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

          I know design is subjective, but chill out. The FT-AC is just a Concept, meanwhile this, is the all-new RAV4, which design-wise, is based off of it.

          This render is actually looking to be very close to the actual production model, and you seem to like the way this new RAV4 looks so far, don’t you..?

  • no25

    looks really good! compared to the spy shots, this could be very close to the actual production. HUGE improvement from the current one.

  • Paul

    If it comes to us looking like this it really butched up. That is a good thing but the front is like all other Toyota products lately with design overkill.


    new corolla isn’t revealed yet

    • Honda NSX-R

      I’ve been wondering about that too

    • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

      But it’s due for the 2020 model year, so…..

      …expect that to show up very soon….. but we do know it’ll use the new TNGA platform though.

  • john1168

    This looks great!!!….oh….wait a minute….this is a rendering NOT done by Toyota…That’s why I like it 🙂

    • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

      So… just because the rendering isn’t done by Toyota, it automatically rocks? Truly a bias statement there.

      I dare you to do a side-by-side comparison with the 2019 RAV4’s render, and its spy camouflage photos taken a month ago, and tell me what you see.

      In my eyes (as well as everyone else’s so far), the render looks to be VERY close to the actual production model, even by side-by-sidely comparing the render to the spy shots of the 2019 RAV4. Even then, you gotta admit that Toyota really stepped up their designs starting off with the new Camry.

      …and design-wise, this new RAV4 also looks to be a toned-down Toyota FT-AC (which is a concept car mind you), but so far, done in a right way.

  • Six_Tymes

    Is that a Jeep Trailhawk with a c-hr style nose on it? sure looks it

  • txsupra11

    I like it! Can y’all do the new “Supra” next?

  • Bash

    Looking good so far!

  • Mr Hahn

    If this render is remotely close to the production model RAV4 this thing is ugly as hell! This thing looks more like the next gen 4 Runner than a RAV4.

  • erly5

    Doubt it will look this good.

    • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

      *clears throat* I dare you to do a side-by-side comparison with the 2019 RAV4’s render, and its spy camouflage photos taken a month ago, and tell me what you see.

      In my eyes, the render looks to be VERY close to the actual production model, even by side-by-sidely comparing the render to the spy shots of the 2019 RAV4. Even then, you gotta admit that Toyota really stepped up their designs starting off with the new Camry.

      …and design-wise, this new RAV4 also looks to be a toned-down Toyota FT-AC (which is a concept car mind you), but so far, done in a right way.

      • You white, you ain’t right

        LOL Toyota Fanboy. XD

        • john1168

          Yeah he is! LOL 😀 Only makes comments on Toyota posts and jumps all over anyone with an opinion different to his.

          • You white, you ain’t right

            Yeah, i realized that. LOL

  • Dariush

    I didnt like it at all but the HRV is really growing on me. I hope the Rav4 is as dividive as that design even thought the HRW its almost a spinoff product meant to fight Juke on its same ground.

    • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

      The HR-V isn’t even in the same class with the RAV4 mind you….

      • Dariush

        I meant c-hr… Made a big mess

  • Nick099

    Looks good. I see some elements from the discontinued FJ Cruiser.

    Nice to see it is not going to be powered by a micro-mouse motor.
    2.5 Ltr seems decent for the size.
    Now all it needs it somewhere around 300 hp.

    • Harry_Wild

      Take the V6 from the current Camry would be ideal along with the tranny!

      • Honda NSX-R

        If Toyota does that I would consider buying it

  • Malik

    New RAV4 on Global Architecture with CarPlay? Brilliant!!!!

  • Farhan Vladimir Lorenzo-Krause

    I’m guessing Toyota may roll it off at the New York Auto Show next month alongside it’s Late-Summer of 2018 on-sale date…

    ….but who knows yet. Time will tell.

    • You white, you ain’t right

      It’s LA AUTO SHOW, not New York.

  • nellydesign

    Rendering looks pretty good. I have therefore determined that the actual car will look nothing like this. Is this a new strategy? Show us what you’re sure the car won’t look like and then let us fill in the blanks? Let’s see…

    1. The headlamps and tail lamps look pretty well integrated, so we can be sure that they will likely jut away from the sheet metal disconcertingly.

    2. Sits pretty nicely on its wheels, so I bet it will look like it’s tip toeing through a minefield.

    3. Seems to be well proportioned and muscular with bulging fenders and large wheels so I’m guessing the fenders will be tall but not wide and will make the largest wheel offering seem small and insufficient.

    This is easy, I can almost picture it now…

  • klowik

    The front looks great with the rugged and strong grille, but the sides just look weak which doesn’t quite match the front grille.

    • Harry_Wild

      The rendering is still miles better looking the the current RAV4.

  • rodriguez256

    Not a fan of the actual concept, Toyota made it all a bit weird. The rendering has been cleaned up just right.

  • OG

    The 2.8 is not unreliable,not at all.

  • Keith Lynch

    Thanks Toyota, I was hoping for a non turbo and certainly no CVT for my next daily driver to replace my 2010 Rav 4 V6. I am in for a Platinum if you can ditch the current cheap shitty interior and step it up to a CX 5 type level.
    I also think the top trim needs an exclusive unique color choice not available on the lower trim levels.
    I drove every competitors car, some several times and now my money is on you don’t let me down!

    • You white, you ain’t right

      Doesn’t your RAV4 have a shitty cheap interior? Are you high

  • You white, you ain’t right

    Doesn’t the Jeep cherokee competes The RAV4?

  • Incog Nito

    These are all because of you Tiguan.

  • willhaven

    Oh yeah – there’s no way a RAV4 could look this good.

  • Jim Jet

    If your rendering is accurate it’s a grand slam in the styling for Toyota

  • Concerned Husker

    Saving for down payment. Awesome!

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Now wondering when the render of the next-gen 2020 Toyota Corolla shows up here based on its spy camouflage photos…..

  • Bo Hanan

    And what we’ll get will probably be a feminized version of the illustration and show cars.

  • bb3

    Interesting/ strange that you provide a description/ discussion of how the new RAV4 looks from the rear … but there’s no devotion of the rear .. only the front 3/4 shot.

    The Rendering of the front/side looks good to my eye, but need to see the real thing. The engine/ transmission specs are the same as the nnew Camry .. and they sound good, but reviews of the Camry suggest the combo doesn’t provide real world dynamics in-line with the 200+ HP #s

    • JohnCarscoop

      That part refers to the European model, the North American hybrid version is indeed expected to share its drivertrain with the Camry

      • bb3

        Thx for editing the article to clarify

  • Sebastien

    Good looking and fun to drive. Who will build that SUV because I don’t believe this is from Toyota.

    Seriously, I don’t have expectations, but I really wish your render is on target.

    I also wish for a PHEV version.

  • SteersUright

    If Toyota could just figure out how to get good driving dynamics to all its more mainstream offerings I feel everything from the Rav4 to the Camry. Anyone who’s drive the latest GS350 or GT86 knows, clearly, Toyota can do it for special models when it wants. Also, if the Rav4 could get some sort of “Tailhawk” version with decent light off-road chops, that would be really cool as well.

  • This car will need a Turbodiesel engine! Oherwise it will fall short

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    So… the all-new 2019 RAV4 will make its debut at this year’s NYIAS after all….

    ….fucking called it! 😀

  • Six_Tymes

    Jeep plus Tacoma front end, that is weird. I hope its more original than this

  • wiseoldfart

    I bought a 2015 Camry after being pleased with my 2012 Camry. I passed on the 2018 Camry. I’ll have to drive this RAV-4 and then decide if I want to graduate from sedans. Then again, the 2019 Corolla looks like it will be a fun car to drive with the new Toyota platform.

  • Raymond Chuang

    The new RAV4’s 2.5-liter “Dynamic Force” I-4 with 206 bhp could make the new SUV a very nice vehicle, just as long as they fixed the problem with the eight-speed automatic’s slow downshifts.

  • Paul

    Ugh. No Thanks.

  • masnawi
    • no25

      not at all.

  • earl

    fantastic illustration…only a couple of days til we know now. New Camry 2.5 with 8 speed tranny is just the ticket…

  • Sebastien

    Really nice. From one of the worst looking SUV to maybe one of the most beautiful.

    Now bring a good AWD system and better engines.

  • no25

    Wow, that new teaser is making it look like CS’s render! Looks great!

  • Bash

    It’s so good!!

  • john1168

    So far it looks close to the render. Looks good.

  • SteersUright

    It will be awesome if it has some decent ground clearance and off-road chops. Nothing major, just decent enough and more than all those other mall-mobiles.

  • man

    I like the aggressive front-end. More Tacoma/Tundra dna.

  • klowik

    expect this grille will be adopted by next gen Highlander!

  • outbackandy

    It will work for me, i just need to see what colors they will come in.

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