Toyota RAV4 Debuts at NY International Auto Show

A year ago the RAV4 overtook the Camry as Toyota's best-selling model in the USA, as well as was the No.1-selling non-pickup in the light-truck segment.

It's been toned down a little bit, but not much - and who suspected when we saw the rugged baby 4Runner concept that this was going to become Toyota's mainstream model? With the 2019 Toyota RAV4 making its debut at the New York Auto Show, the stage has been set for a great battle among the top SUVs running of American roads.

While wheelbase grows 1.2 ins.

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It will gain some of the same tech and hybrid hardware fitted to the new Toyota C-HR city SUV and Camry Hybrid sedan.

The model's first top-to-bottom redesign in more than half a decade is coming for US showrooms with updates the carmaker is betting will cement its lead in the surging small sport utility vehicle segment Toyota pioneered.

The engine has 41% thermal efficiency in the hybrid and 40% thermal efficiency in non-hybrids due to high-speed combustion technology and variable control. The 2019 RAV4 has got anew powertrain that has a 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder that comes mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In non-hybrid versions, the Camry's horsepower is 203, while the Camry Hybrid powertrain, a 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines victor, achieves a net horsepower of 208. Up to 50 percent of engine torque can be sent to the rear wheels, or conversely, those rear wheels can be disconnected completely when not needed for improved fuel economy and vibration performance. The standard option will be the AWD system found on the previous generation of the vehicle, which does not disconnect the rear axle. The new AWD system is one of three available on the all-new RAV4, including the AWD-i system available on hybrid grades and the non-Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD system available on non-hybrid models. A RAV4 Hybrid XSE trim level promises better handling thanks to its firmer suspension and sport-tuned steering. (18-cm) multi-information display.

HVAC knobs have been redesigned for "improved tactility". A 7-inch touchscreen is the focus of this new generation of the infotainment system and can be upgraded to an 8-inch screen in most RAV4 trim models. An optional 8-inch can be had with navigation, as can wireless charging and a JBL premium audio system.

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But now there's a new RAV4 - revealed at the New York Motor Show - and it comes underpinned by Toyota's TNGA Platform - the same as the CH-R, Prius and Auris - and a new look which is both more purposeful and more contemporary.

The automaker calls the appearance of the RAV4 more "chiseled" than before. It swaps the outgoing model's narrow slit grille for Toyota's now-signature trapezoidal-shaped face.

The 2.0-litre D-4D on the current RAV4 engine line-up will not be carried over or replaced, in line with Toyota's announcement at the Geneva Motor Show that it will have no diesel passenger cars on sale in Europe by the end of this year.

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