The RAV4 is one of Toyota’s best selling vehicles with more than 400,000 units sold each year. Even so, the car still isn’t perfect. It looks like Toyota will release an all-new model in the near future in order to change that. This is likely going to hit the market with the upcoming 2019 Toyota RAV4. While the details are still missing, it looks like the new model will feature quite a few improvements over its predecessor. On top of that, the car is not going to be just another facelift like some rumors suggested. Instead, the new RAV4 will be an entirely new vehicle sporting quite a few new features which are definitely going to allow it to remain at the top.
2019 Toyota RAV4 Review
Unlike its predecessor, the new version of the crossover is going to share its platform with Toyota’s other small hatchbacks. This means it will be built on the same TNGA modular architecture. Read about new Ferrari Portofino…
While this may not mean much for some, it is actually great news. The new architecture will allow the new car to have a longer wheelbase, a lower center of gravity and it should weigh less than before too.
The structural rigidity is also going to improve by a considerable margin, so the car’s NVH levels and crash safety should improve as well.
Some suggested that Toyota will not retain the independent suspension setup for this model. However, considering their other vehicles, we find this very unlikely.
One of the reasons people tend to buy the RAV4 is for its looks. Even though it may not be the most striking car on the market, it offers a nice blend of aggressiveness and a restrained character. Because of that, it is safe to assume the upcoming 2019 Toyota RAV4 is not going to be all that different.
The car should still feature a really similar profile to its predecessor. The big changes will be the longer wheelbase alongside the new front end. This should boast quite a few similarities with Toyota’s new vehicles, such as the upcoming Camry or the new Prius.
On top of the more striking look, the RAV4 should also feature a less boat-like front end which has been a problem for a few generations now.
There is nothing really wrong with the way the current model looks and feels inside the cabin. Even so, it looks like the 2019 Toyota RAV4 might become slightly better.
The car is expected to feature a new dashboard design with more of the instrumented pointed at the driver. On top of that, the center stack should change slightly in order to offer a more minimalist layout.
The rather old infotainment system might get replaced with a brand new unit as well. This should boast a larger screen and far better hardware than before in order to make the passengers’ life a lot easier.
Engine and Specs
While we would love to see a turbocharged engine under the hood of the 2019 Toyota RAV4, this is not really likely. Instead, the car might feature the same 2.5 liters naturally aspirated mill that can be found in the Camry. This is known to make right around 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque which is considerably better than the ongoing model.
|2018 Toyota RAV4||Short Specs|
|Engine||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Body Style||Sport Utility|
|EPA Class||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD|
This new engine is also known to be more efficient than the one of the current car. By doing this Toyota will have a small edge when it comes to the base models of its rivals. The old 6-speed automatic is also going to be gone.
In its place, the car is likely going to feature a brand new 8-speed automatic which would be smoother and faster than its predecessor. Like always, the car will get an all-wheel-drive system as an option which should do its job perfectly fine despite missing lockable differentials.
Release and Price
Starting at roughly $25,000, the current model is not exactly the most expensive car in its class. It looks like the upcoming 2019 Toyota RAV4 is not going to change much in this regard.
The base model should still cost right around there with the range-topping model nearing $40,000. The car will likely hit the market at the start of 2019 but Toyota is more than likely going to reveal it sooner.
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