The all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 has arrived, and it’s sporting a brand new grille.
With a new generation of RAV4 comes an entirely new face. Unveiled at the New York Auto Show today is a RAV4 that’s more rugged, outdoorsy, and has the same grille as the Toyota Tacoma to prove it.
But besides getting a nose that’s more filled with chrome, the RAV4 is getting all of Toyota’s new bells and whistles including new engines, new transmissions, and new technology that the Japanese carmaker will keep it ahead of the rest.
To start, the new SUV is built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture, the same as the new Corolla Hatchback and will be used on all future Toyota models. It also comes with Toyota’s new Safety Sense 2.0 suite of standard safety features, including adaptive cruise control, low-speed collision braking, pedestrian braking, automatic high beams, lane keeping, and road sign assist.
Under the hood, the RAV4 gets an all-new Dynamic Force 2.5-L 4-cylinder engine on all trim levels, with the only difference being what gets attached to it. The standard class comes FWD on a new Dynamic-Shift 8-speed automatic transmission, with optional AWD versions getting the same. There’s also going to be a hybrid version that comes with an electronically controlled CVT.
Standard on AWD versions will be Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect, which basically disconnects the rear drive wheels at highway speeds to save gas.
Toyota insists that the new powertrains will provide “class leading” fuel efficiency and boosts to both power and acceleration. As with the Corolla Hatchback, they declined to provide any numbers to prove it, so we’ll have to wait for the new SUV’s arrival to find out.
All trims get Entune 3.0 with Wi-Fi Connect, Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay Compatibility. No mention of Android Auto, so one can only guess that Toyota isn’t a fan of Google.
Most interestingly is a new trim level: Hybrid XSE. It’s got the same hybrid powertrain as before but comes with "sport-tuned suspension having tauter shock absorbers and springs,” and promises to be the sportiest RAV4 yet. Well alright then.
Pricing hasn’t been announced. Regular-engined RAV4s arrive late 2018 while the hybrids are coming early 2019.