Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

New Toyota RAV4 REVEALED - heading for the United Kingdom in 2019

Toyota will debut the fifth-generation of its RAV4 compact CUV today at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

Like the Corolla hatchback also on display at the NY show, the RAV4 gets the second version of Toyota's Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assist technologies that includes new lane-tracing and road-sign recognition systems in addition to more standard fare such as lane-departure alert and pre-collision warning.

Of course, the five-door iM was introduced in Canada for the 2016 model year under the Scion banner, but after the brand disappeared, the auto moved over to Toyota. The RAV4 comes new sharper-looked with new LED headlamps and taillamps, with a roof-mounted spoiler, front and rear skid plates, and a dual exhaust system. A new 2.0-litre petrol engine will also be available, with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions.

Other changes for the RAV4 include more robust styling and updates to the model's quality.

The 2019 RAV4 will be powered by two engines: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder paired with an 8-speed automatic, and a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder second-generation Toyota Hybrid System II engine mated to a CVT. The latter features the ability to send up to 50 percent of the engine's power to the SUV's rear wheels, and it can also divvy up power between the left- and right-side tires to improve cornering.

All in all, it appears Toyota has pulled out all the stops with the 2019 RAV4. Again, Toyota is mum on powertrain details, but the automaker did say that a continuously variable transmission will be standard and that the hybrid will be the highest-performance RAV4 variant.

As with the United States version, the Euro-spec RAV4 will be offered with a choice of two powertrain options.

The latest version of Toyota's Entune infotainment system finally gets Apple CarPlay smartphone projection technology.

Similar to what is available on General Motors' premium brands, Toyota's Digital Display Rear Mirror looks and acts like a conventional rearview mirror but toggle a switch and it will also display a high-definition, wide-angle view of what's behind the vehicle. Hybrid models will arrive in showrooms in 2019. The new hybrid features a sport-tuned suspension along with improved shock absorbers and springs.

The standard Safety Sense system - which includes automatic emergency brakes and adaptive cruise control that works between 0 and 110 miles per hour - is getting a lane tracing system that allows for hands-on self-steering between the lane markers, and can follow the vehicle in front of it for the short moments that it loses sight of them, as long as you keep a hand touching the wheel to let it know you're paying attention. The standard one is now supplemented by a torque-vectoring setup on Limited and Adventure models that also includes a clever rear driveline disconnect system.

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