2019 RAV4 Is First-Ever Hybrid Toyota SUV To Make It To Australia

Toyota has confirmed engine specs for the all-new 2019 RAV4 crossover ahead of its official arrival in Australia in the second quarter of next year.

This new RAV4 will be Toyota’s first-ever hybrid SUV on sale Down Under, boasting a newly developed electric AWD system that’s meant to provide maximum traction and high levels of fuel efficiency. At the same time, a mechanical AWD system is also available, although it’s not as efficient as the electric one.

The fifth-gen RAV4 will be offered with three new four-cylinder engines: a 2.0-liter petrol with front wheel drive, a 2.5-liter petrol with mechanical AWD, and a 2.5-liter hybrid with either front- or electric all-wheel drive.

Buyers opting for the non-hybrid version of the new 2.5-liter unit will benefit from 206 PS (203 HP) and 243 Nm (179 lb-ft), roughly 15.2% more power and 4.3% more torque than the current 2.5-liter engine. Also, instead of a six-speed automatic gearbox, this engine will now work in conjunction with a new eight-speed automatic, which is said to have a lower first gear for improved start-off performance.

The new 2.0-liter engine getting 172 PS (170 HP) and 203 Nm (149 lb-ft) of peak torque. This unit will come with a choice of either a CVT or a six-speed manual with rev-matching control.

As for the hybrid, it combines a 2.5-liter petrol unit with an electric motor, generating a total output of 210 PS (207 HP). Depending on driving conditions, up to 80% of available torque can be sent to the rear wheels via the electric AWD system, which is more compact and weighs less than its mechanical counterpart.

“The all-new RAV4 will offer even greater appeal for people looking to re-energize in comfort and luxury, whether on the everyday commute or while enjoying weekend trips away,” stated Toyota Australia’s sales and marketing VP, Sean Hanley. “The new drivetrains deliver confidence-inspiring performance and agility and will result in a new perception of hybrid with electric AWD capability that enhances driving pleasure.”

Since the hybrid battery is positioned under the rear seat, both hybrid and petrol variants feature the same luggage space.

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  • Bash

    I actually like this.

  • Alx

    U.G.L.Y.

  • MarketAndChurch

    None of those Rav 4’s are the hybrid one.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Toyota is absolutely killing it with their redesigns in latest memory.

    Starting from an impressive new Camry that isn’t the epitome of a snooze-fest, to a near-perfect new Avalon that is maturely youthful yet graceful, to a surprising new Corolla that isn’t your typical appliance, and now to a (so far so great) new RAV4 with capable yet more interesting character (especially versus millions of other crossover SUVs on the market).

    With the reborn Supra aside, can’t wait to see what’s next from Toyota. 😀

  • charlotteharry57

    Speaking of RAV4, where on Earth is the American version? Have heard or seen absolutely NOTHING on it or about it.

  • getoffme

    Toyota is printing money right now.

  • FordMopar

    Front end reminds me of Ford Edge. Can’t they design anything on their own?? Rear is too VW Tiguan….

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