Toyota has lifted the embargo and we finally get to learn if the new 2019 RAV4 has what it takes to successfully replace one of the market’s best-selling vehicles overall.
The all-new, fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 is based on the TNGA architecture, offering a 1.2inch-longer wheelbase and a body that’s 0.4inch wider and 0.2inch shorter compared to the outgoing model. Another crucial difference is rigidity, as the chassis of the new RAV4 is now 57 percent more rigid than the previous model.
The styling, which was previewed by the FT-AC concept, gives the new RAV4 a more rugged and surefooted appearance, taking inspiration from the carmaker’s trucks up front. Toyota wants you to think of the RAV4 as a more off-road capable SUV than before, that’s why the new model offers more than half-an-inch more ground clearance than before.
Aside from the base front-drive models, the new RAV4 will be offered with three different all-wheel drive systems: the standard on-demand system, the hybrid all-wheel drive featuring an electrically powered rear axle and the range-topping Torque Vectoring all-wheel drive system that can shift up to 50 percent of the torque to the rear, as well as distribute it to the left or right rear wheel.
Petrol-powered RAV4 models use a new naturally aspirated 2.5-liter unit with 203hp and 184lb-ft of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Hybrid models combine the 2.5-liter four-cylinder with a 54hp electric motor for a combined 219hp, providing better acceleration within the city walls and -unsurprisingly- better fuel economy (41/37/39 city/highway/combined).
KBB, Edmunds and others deliver their verdict on the 2019 Toyota RAV4 on the videos linked below.